Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park, The (Running time: 20 minutes) — Built between 1915 and 1918, the Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park is a sprawling 600-acre retreat boasting a scenic walking trail, tennis courts, children’s play areas, gardens and a flowing fountain surrounded by arbors with blooming vines. Join HCTV as we document the rich Henrico history of the Victorian style home and Meadowview Park with rare photographs and interviews chronicling the property’s intriguing past.
Bridges of Henrico County, The [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 28 minutes) — The James River has been a center for commerce and travel since the 17th century. From the Huguenot and Willey, to the Varina-Enon and Pocahontas, HCTV brings you spectacular footage on the bridges connecting North and South.
Clarke-Palmore House, The [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 16 minutes) — Originally built in 1819, The Clarke-Palmore House has undergone significant upgrades and modifications through the years to accommodate the changing needs of its residents. Vera Clarke Palmore Morton, the last resident of the house, donated the property to Henrico County for educational use. The Clarke-Palmore House is included on the National Register of Historic Places and was occupied by members of the same family for more than 140 years. Join HCTV as we document the evolution of the house and surrounding buildings through the decades.
Community’s Spirit, A: Historic Tales of Highland Springs (Running time: 25 minutes) — Highland Springs was founded in 1890 as one of Henrico’s first suburbs. Named for its high elevation and natural springs, the little unincorporated town became a hub of activity and community spirit. Hear from residents and high school alumni as they tell the tales of how Highland Springs came to be the unique community it is today.
Connecting Communities: The Bridges of Henrico (Running time: 16 minutes) — The Huguenot, Willey, Varina-Enon and Pocahontas Parkway bridges keep our communities connected, spur commerce and growth, and serve as icons or symbols of the county. These four modern marvels of engineering science serve as gateways to Henrico, and are vital to the 21st century transportation network that moves the county and the region.
Curtain Call: A History of the Henrico Theatre (Running time: 25 minutes) — When it opened its doors in 1938, the Henrico Theatre was described as a “big city temple of entertainment set in beautiful rural surroundings.” A classic example of art-deco architecture, the theatre was the crown jewel of Highland Springs. After years of successes and changes of ownership, the Henrico Theatre closed its doors— until Henrico County purchased the property in 1999. Join HCTV as we reveal the story behind the theatre, follow the extensive renovation process and learn how it has become a historic landmark in the county.
Elko Files, The: History and Mystery in Eastern Henrico (Running time: 25 minutes) — The Elko tract in eastern Henrico County is a place where you can’t always believe what you see. It’s also a place of purpose, reinvention and promise. What remains today has been called a “lost city,” and much has been speculated about its past. The Elko name marks a middle school and a community center, and with land for further development, the tract remains a vital part of Henrico’s plan for the future. Join HCTV as we explore the mysteries and misunderstandings of the Elko Files.
Foundations in Time: Henrico’s Architectural Treasures [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 36 minutes) — Henrico County is home to an amazing variety of architectural styles — from Colonial to Greek revival, art deco to post-modern. In this series, HCTV tours the county’s architectural landscape and meets people who are involved with the design, restoration and recognition of significant structures. You’ll find the story of architecture is just as much about the people who love these great buildings.
Foundations in Time II: More of Henrico’s Architectural Treasures [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 32 minutes) — In this second edition of Foundations in Time: Henrico’s Architectural Treasures, HCTV visits two very different houses, from very different eras. The early 20th century Mankin Mansion showcases the talents of brickmaker E.T. Mankin, and the Druin-Horner House is a rare survivor from 18th century Henrico. Both are included on the National Register of Historic Places and are recipients of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee’s Award of Merit for restoration. HCTV explores how the intricate story of our county’s past can be told through historic buildings.
Four Centuries of Conflict and Confusion: The History of Dutch Gap (Running Time: 22 minutes) — The history of Dutch Gap and the people who lived there spans four centuries of conflict and confusion. The Dutch Gap canal, located on the James River near the 17th-century Citie of Henricus, was originally constructed during the Civil War to shortcut the seven-mile loop around Farrar’s Island. Join HCTV as we learn about Dutch Gap, how it got its name, and the many wars and battles fought throughout its history.
From the Mines of Henrico: The Beginnings of our Nation’s Coal Industry (Running Time: 21 minutes) — Coal has been used as an energy source worldwide for thousands of years. In the United States, the coal industry originated on the banks of the James River and mines right here in Henrico County. Join HCTV as we document the industry’s rise and fall, and see what remains today of Henrico’s often overlooked coal history.
Frozen in Time: The Ruins of the James River Steam Brewery (Running Time: 23 minutes) — The arched cellar entrance of David Yuengling Junior’s once mighty James River Steam Brewery is a portal to an amazing tale that lies buried in a Rocketts Landing hillside, nearly forgotten for a century. The mysterious facade bears no trace of the famous name or the tumultuous times during which an American staple, lager beer, was produced on a massive scale right here in Henrico County. Join HCTV for a journey into the cellars and back in time.
Greetings from Lakeside: Past, Present and Future [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 33 minutes) — Often described as a little slice of Mayberry, Lakeside is a community with a distinct character, where there are plenty of reminders of “the good old days.” Take a walk down memory lane with HCTV to find out what makes Lakeside so unique, and learn about the forces behind the revitalization of one of the county’s first suburbs and business corridors.
Henrico’s View of the James River and Kanawha Canal (Running time: 21 minutes) — The mighty James flows through Henrico County like a great provider of wealth and opportunity. Early settlers in the new world saw that shipping goods and services along its waterways would be beneficial. This is a story of triumph and tragedies as we look at historic Henrico experiences along the James River and Kanawha Canal.
Hidden History, A: The Story of East End Cemetery (Running time: 21 minutes) — On the brightest of days, sunlight finds a way to cut through the canopies of mature trees at East End Cemetery in Henrico County. Don’t be misled by the heavy undergrowth and tangles of vines — this is sacred ground, the final resting place for thousands of African-Americans from the turn of the 20th century. Join HCTV as we gain insight into the cemetery’s rich cultural history, and learn how the land is slowly being reclaimed by volunteers determined to uncover East End’s secrets.
Historic Henrico Churches: Windows to Our Past (Running time: 21 minutes) — The story of Henrico’s historic churches began in 1611 when Sir Thomas Dale established a settlement on the edge of the western frontier. From those early days at Henricus to today’s ever-changing communities, historic churches are the windows to our past. Join HCTV as we explore the culture, heritage, and architecture of these celebrated places of worship.
History of Gravel Hill, The (Running time: 16 minutes) — Gravel Hill sits tucked away in eastern Henrico County, bearing only humble monuments to its extraordinary history. Among the rustic surroundings are a scattering of modest homes, a small church and an old school building. The community dates back to 1771, and has persevered against the odds due to grit, determination, self-reliance and pride. Join HCTV as we tell this remarkable story of one of the first African-American communities in the nation.
History of Short Pump, The [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 30 minutes) — Short Pump: a crossroads in Henrico County that never had a city hall, never was incorporated, and until recent years, was a quiet, rural community. Who deemed the area “Short Pump”? How has it evolved through the years, and what made it such a special place for residents, businesses, and all who’ve ever passed through?
Ideal Place to Live, The: A History of Sandston [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 22 minutes) — The small community of Sandston, nestled in Henrico’s east end, is as unique as the people and the memories that keep it alive and thriving. Escaping from the busy city and into the suburbs, people seeking a quiet and desirable life are at the heart of Sandston’s beginnings. Three wars surround this community’s history and helped shape the Sandston we know today. Join HCTV as we uncover the stories, the people and the way of life in “The Ideal Place to Live: A History of Sandston.”
Inside Innsbrook: Where the West End Started [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 24 minutes) — The development of Innsbrook Business Park in the early 80s was instrumental in shaping the west end of Henrico County. With more than 850 acres of office space, residential properties and retail, Innsbrook is still a crown jewel in Henrico’s economic assets. With three lakes covering 34 acres, magnificent landscaping and pedestrian-friendly environment, it’s hard to imagine it’s humble beginnings that stemmed from one man with one big idea.
Legacy of Dabbs House, The [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 23 minutes) — Built in the early 1800’s, Dabbs House has been revered as an important landmark in Henrico County. From farmhouse to Robert E. Lee’s headquarters, it’s survived the Civil War and social changes to become a permanent historical fixture. Join HCTV as we examine The Legacy of Dabbs House.
Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Dream (Running time: 25 minutes) — Thomas Jefferson’s dream was to build a home in the mountains of Virginia. Throughout the years, his many experiences gave him a wealth of knowledge to make this dream come true. Monticello not only reflects Jefferson’s many interests, but also embodies the spirit of all the people who lived and worked to make this home one of the most famous man-made wonders of Virginia.
Piece of Our Past, A: The Old Henrico County Courthouse and Jail (Running time: 32 minutes) — Long before Henrico’s modern administration and courts complex was built on Parham Road, the center of county government was nestled on a little island in the City of Richmond. Join HCTV as we chronicle more than two and a half centuries since the first Henrico courthouse was built at 22nd and Main, the controversy surrounding the ownership of the property, the gradual relocation of county operations and the ultimate fate of the Victorian marvel that still rests there today.
Play Ball: The Babe Ruth 14 Year-Old World Series at Glen Allen Stadium [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 29 minutes) — We built it, and they came! In August 2007, Henrico County showcased its crown jewel of youth sports venues: the new Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park. Ten teams from around the country competed in the prestigious Babe Ruth 14 Year-Old World Series. Join HCTV as we play ball!
State of Mind, A: The History of the Glen Allen Community [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 29 minutes) — Where is Glen Allen? Where isn’t it? Geographically, Glen Allen stretches throughout northwestern Henrico County, and parts of the community extend into Goochland and Hanover counties. While Glen Allen might be considered just another bedroom community in the suburbs of Henrico, it’s rich history, rural landscape and colorful lifelong residents define the very foundation of this community. Join HCTV as we explore the people, their stories and times gone by in A State of Mind: The History of the Glen Allen Community.
Under the Lights: Richmond International Raceway [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 22 minutes) — From the first dirt track race in 1946 to today’s unique three-quarter mile speedway, Richmond International Raceway has evolved into one of the most popular auto racing tracks in the country. HCTV talks to Jeff Gordon, Hermie Sadler, Bill France Jr. and others on why drivers and fans alike love RIR! You’ll see original footage from the early 50s through the fast-paced action of today.
Welcome to Dabbs House [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 8 minutes) — Henrico’s historic Dabbs House has been restored and is now open to the public for an inside look at this significant national landmark. The structure has been used for many diverse purposes through its lifetime, including an antebellum farmhouse, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s headquarters, an alms house, Henrico police headquarters and an office building. Visitors will learn fascinating stories about the Dabbs House, and discover why it has stood the test of time.
Welcome to Meadow Farm Museum (Running Time: 10 minutes) — The history of the rolling fields and grassy pastures of Meadow Farm is a story of land and people. It stretches over seven generations of the Sheppard family, tracing back to Virginia’s earliest days and beyond. Land that was once inhabited by the Monacan Indians has been host to a thriving agricultural farm, an unsuccessful slave revolt by Gabriel Prosser, the doorstep to a 13 mile long Union march to the battle of Yellow Tavern, and eventually a generous gift by the Crump family as a historical museum and park to the residents of Henrico County.