Henrico County Television (HCTV) programming is available through Comcast’s Video On Demand service. To access HCTV programs, select the “Get Local” folder, followed by “Government,” and finally “Access Henrico.” Video On Demand allows our Comcast cable subscribers to choose which HCTV program they want to watch and when they want to watch it. Approximately 25 programs are available at one time. We change the program line-up monthly.
You may also request a DVD of an HCTV program by calling Public Relations & Media Services at 501-4257.
According to Plan: New Home Inspections in Henrico County
Despite the gloomy news about the housing market, new homes are still being built in Henrico County. Henrico's team of building inspectors make more than thirty visits to each new house to make sure that projects go according to plan. Join HCTV as we get an insider's look at how thorough our inspectors are and how we're all better off for having these building code enforcers.
Active Shooter: What Would You Do?
Decades ago, none of us had ever heard the term "active shooter." Unfortunately, it's all too commonplace in our world today, and it can happen anywhere at any time. If you were involved in an active shooter incident, what would you do to survive? Run? Hide? Fight? Join HCTV as we learn from public safety agents and officials what we can do if we ever find ourselves in this horrific position.
Adoption Celebrations: A Moment in Time
The birth of a child is the best day in a parent's life. The Henrico County Circuit Court gives adoptive parents the opportunity to feel the same happiness with an Adoption Celebration. Join HCTV as we talk to several families about the joy of their Adoption Celebration — a moment in time that they will never forget.
Airwaves of Yesteryear: Early Television in Central Virginia
On April 22, 1948 the very first television broadcast south of our nation's capital happened right here in Central Virginia. WTVR began a legacy of quality local programming, which was soon followed by WXEX and WRVA. These early television pioneers brought us local favorites including Dandy Doodle, Sailor Bob and Shock Theatre. Join HCTV as we celebrate more than 60 years of community programming and look at how this new form of entertainment changed our lives forever in Airwaves of Yesteryear: Early Television in Central Virginia.
All Aboard! The History of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad
The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad was the sixth railroad to be chartered in the commonwealth, receiving exclusive rights from the General Assembly to connect Richmond and Fredericksburg to the Potomac River steamboat lines. RF&P played a key role in the Civil War and World War II, after which it modernized from steam engines to diesel locomotives. Over the course of its 157-year history the company acquired significant amounts of property along its route, including a number of acres in Henrico County — land that is now home to Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park. Though its trains no longer run through the heart of Virginia, the RF&P remains embedded in the history of the communities it touched and in the imagination of the people it served.
Alzheimer's Disease: The Longest Goodbye
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There is no known cause, and no cure. Alzheimer's takes a devastating toll on those diagnosed with the disease and their families. Join HCTV as we hear people living with Alzheimer's, family members, health professionals and advocates tell us how they cope with this progressive illness in Alzheimer's Disease: The Longest Goodbye.
Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park, The
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.
Ask the Question: Suicide Prevention
Decades ago, none of us had ever heard the term "active shooter." Unfortunately, it's all too commonplace in our world today, and it can happen anywhere at any time. If you were involved in an active shooter incident, what would you do to survive? Run? Hide? Fight? Join HCTV as we learn from public safety agents and officials what we can do if we ever find ourselves in this horrific position.
Between the Lines: How Reconstruction Redrew the Map of Henrico
You may know which magisterial district you live in, but do you know how that district came to be, or why its boundaries are where they are? The reasons are far more interesting and complex than you may think. Our districts and our Board of Supervisors structure of governance can trace their roots back to the turbulent years following the Civil War, known as the Reconstruction Period, and havebeen evolving with the times ever since.
Birds of the James
We've all marveled at the majesty of Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Great Blue Herons — truly a natural resource to behold. What most people don't realize is that these beautiful river birds reside right here at home along the James. Join HCTV as we get up close to the birds of the James River, and learn how they are part of the wonderful natural environment that surrounds us.
Boston: The Story of a Racehorse
In the realm of horseracing greats, one thoroughbred from Virginia stands out: Secretariat. In 1973, as a 3-year-old, he won horse racing's Triple Crown — breaking the track record at all three events. But more than a century before Secretariat rewrote the record book, another stallion from central Virginia became known far and wide for his speed, stamina — and vicious temperament. This horse — born in Henrico County and named Boston — is part of an ancestral line that produced Secretariat and other notable horses. Join HCTV as we look into his life, victories and defeats in Boston: The Story of a Racehorse.
More than 13 million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. HCTV explores why bullying occurs and what our community can do to combat this disturbing social issue. Henrico County's commonwealth's attorney, school resource officers, guidance counselors, principals and young people speak about their experiences and why bullying is on the rise in our country.
By George! The Henry Ward Story
Ward Elementary School stands along Darbytown Road in Henrico County's rural Varina area. The school takes its name from Henry Ward, a compassionate, down-to-earth family man who helped spark the educations of a generation of local children. In and out of the classroom, Ward demonstrated an ability to lead and inspire. Nine years after Ward's death, the Henrico School Board honored his years of service to the community by naming a new school after him. Join HCTV as we explore his life and legacy in By George: The Story of Henry Ward.
Cashell Donahoe: A Gentleman and a Scholar
Cashell Donahoe left an indelible mark on Henrico County, having served as assistant superintendent of schools from 1956 until 1974. But Donahoe was more than a teacher and an administrator. He was a mountain of a man, with an abiding faith, a commitment to others and a thirst for knowledge. Join HCTV as we examine the life of Cashell Donahoe: A Gentleman and a Scholar.
Central Virginia Biographies: Elizabeth Adam Crump
Born in 1891, Elizabeth Young Adam grew up in Richmond, and moved to Henrico in 1922, when she married her longtime beau, Sheppard Crump. They lived at Meadow Farm, where Elizabeth continued to live after her husband's death in 1960. She devoted her life to volunteering and philanthropic activities, and was esteemed throughout the community. Following her husband's wishes, she donated two parcels of land to Henrico County for today's Meadow Farm Museum and the Crump Manor nursing home, where she spent the last years of her life. Join HCTV as we learn more about this fascinating lady in Central Virginia Biographies: Elizabeth Adam Crump.
City Limits: Henrico Escapes Richmond's Attempts to Merge and Annex
When Henrico County's population began to explode in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the City of Richmond attempted to acquire the county through a merger or "consolidation." Henrico's citizens flatly voted against the takeover attempt. Undeterred, the city then filed for a 142-square-mile annexation of the county"–an astonishing 60 percent of the county's land mass"–in a courtroom battle that lasted several years. Learn how narrowly escaping these bold attempts has defined and shaped the present and future of Henrico, in City Limits.
Community's Spirit: Historic Tales of Highland Springs, A
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
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.
Crystal Clear: Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility
Each time we do a load of laundry, take a shower, flush the toilet or wash our hands, we produce wastewater that seems to magically disappear through unseen pipes. In fact, in Henrico County, we produce more than 42 million gallons of wastewater every day. This wastewater must be cleaned, treated and prepared before reentering our environment through the James River. Join HCTV as we tour the high tech (if sometimes smelly) Water Reclamation Facility where this fascinating process takes place. From the natural use of nutrient eating organisms to the multi-step treatment process, Henrico's Water Reclamation Facility makes sure the water returned to the James is crystal clear.
Curtain Call: A History of the Henrico Theatre
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.
Day in the Life: A Reenactment of the Battle at New Market Heights, A
On September 29, 1864, on fields south of New Market Road, African-American soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops led an assault against Richmond's outer ring of defenses. One-hundred fifty years later, Henrico County brought the day back to life. More than 100 acres of Henrico farmland were transformed into the New Market Heights battlefield. Nearly 1,000 reenactors traveled from around the country to recreate the battle of New Market Heights. Watch how Henrico County bears witness — both then and now — to a significant moment in American history.
Decision: Aging out of the Foster Care System, The
At the age of 18 young adults in the foster care system must make a daunting decision: opt out of foster care now, or age out at 21 and receive benefits to help transition into adulthood. HCTV features four young adults who share their struggles and successes, as well as their decisions to opt out or stay in foster care. Join us as we hear their stories, and learn what foster care professionals say about remaining in the system until age 21.
Desegregation: Stories of Integration of Henrico Public Schools
The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s brought seismic change to American society. Perhaps the greatest impact was felt in education. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education ordered that racial segregation in schools gave unequal treatment to blacks and whites, and was unconstitutional. The decision meant school systems would have to integrate. In Henrico County, the process of school desegregation occurred gradually from 1963 to 1969. Join HCTV as we hear the stories and learn the history of this revolution in education.
Domestic Violence: It's Closer Than You Think
Last year, Henrico County Police responded to more than 5,000 domestic violence calls. Domestic violence knows no economic, racial, educational or jurisdictional boundaries — it occurs in every neighborhood throughout our county and nation. Join HCTV as we talk to domestic violence survivors and advocates to learn what help is available in Domestic Violence: It's Closer Than You Think.
Douglas Southall Freeman: Voice of the Confederate Soldier
From a very early age, Douglas Southall Freeman dedicated himself to accurately recording the story of the Army of Northern Virginia and Robert E. Lee. His meticulous research methods and commitment to his work established him as a nationally known newspaper editor, radio commentator, military expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Join HCTV in this edition of Central Virginia Biographies as we explore what inspired and motivated Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman: Voice of the Confederate Soldier.
Dr. John Mosby Sheppard of Meadow Farm 1817-1877
Dr. John Mosby Sheppard of Meadow Farm was a country doctor and farmer during the 19th century"–a very tumultuous time in Henrico County. Join HCTV as we shed light on Dr. Sheppard, take a glimpse into his medical practice, economic status and the Sheppard family's life during the mid-1800s.
Dr. Richard Archibald Patterson: A Self-Made Man
Henrico residents probably recognize the name Patterson as one of the roads they often drive. The road's namesake, however, is likely an afterthought. Dr. Richard Archibald Patterson was a giant of his time — a tobacco pioneer who helped forge his community's recovery from the Civil War; a public servant and philanthropist; a doctor and Civil War surgeon; and a proud Henrico resident who envisioned big things for his community. Join HCTV as we uncover the story of the man, his era and the community he served.
Dr. William C. Bosher Jr.: The Man Behind the Bow Tie
William Cleveland Bosher Junior was born January 21, 1946 in Richmond, and spent his childhood on his family's small farm in Hanover County. He landed his first teaching job in 1968 at Henrico's J.R. Tucker High School at the age of 22, eventually becoming Superintendent of Schools for Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He influenced the education of countless children and was known for his educational expertise nationally and internationally — as well as his trademark bow tie. His legacy is in the lives he touched and the spirit of hope he cultivated everywhere he went. Join HCTV as we experience his extraordinary life in Dr. William C. Bosher, Jr.: The Man Behind the Bow Tie.
Driving Force: Henrico's Traffic Safety Unit
Henrico Police's Traffic Safety Unit is completely focused on ensuring safety on the county's roadways. Whether they're investigating a crash, arresting a drunk driver, educating students or simply informing citizens of a new law, the 15 members of this unit are serious about traffic safety. Join HCTV as we look inside the Driving Force: Henrico's Traffic Safety Unit.
E Pluribus Unum: The Changing Face Of Henrico County
For centuries, Henrico County has been a destination for people seeking a better life. From the natives who first settled thousands of years ago and the English colonists of the 17th century, to refugees from war-torn countries in the Balkans, Asia, and Africa, our county has become a mosaic of cultures, and a microcosm of the world's peoples. Join HCTV for a colorful glimpse into what brings people here from far and wide.
Early Intervention in Action: The Henrico Parent Infant Program
Most children reach developmental milestones around the same age, though some children require additional support to reach these goals. Henrico's Parent Infant Program works with children who are in need of support services from birth to age three. Join HCTV as we see early intervention in action and how children can thrive with these specialized support services.
Edward A. Beck: Manager, Leader, Visionary
Edward A. Beck, Henrico's fourth county manager, led Henrico for a quarter of a century during times of significant growth. Beck drew upon his unique skills as a civil engineer to guide the county through a period of transition following World War II. His vision resulted in the vastly different, modernized Henrico that we know today. Join HCTV as we explore Beck's life, his leadership style and the legacy he left behind.
Elizabeth Jane Holladay: Trailblazer of Public Education
Henrico County Public Schools is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier school systems, but this modern model of excellence comes from humble beginnings. One cornerstone was laid in the late 19th century, in the parlor of a home on Mountain Road, where a dedicated teacher began sharing her love of learning with a handful of children from the nearby farms. By the time she was done, Elizabeth Jane Holladay had helped build a foundation for public education in Henrico. Students today continue to learn under her watchful eye — at Holladay Elementary School in central Henrico, just a couple miles from her original classroom. Join HCTV as we learn about Miss Lizzie, her life and her dedication to education.
Elko Files: History & Mystery in Eastern Henrico, The
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.
Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?
Hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, thunderstorms, ice storms, and even earthquakes are year-round threats in Henrico County. Being prepared for emergencies can be as easy as having a plan, staying informed, and knowing what to do when disasters occur. Join HCTV as we learn from the experts how to survive severe weather emergencies.
Evolving Legend: The Story of Robert E. Lee, An
The mere mention of Robert E. Lee conjures up the image of a gray-haired, gray-bearded, gray-suited Confederate General, forever trapped in an 1865 photograph or in a bronze and stone monument. In reality, the Civil War was only four years of his multifaceted, fascinating life, and he was infinitely more complex than the icon he has become. In death, Robert E. Lee still commands attention. He will inevitably fascinate and divide opinion as long as his story continues to unfold. Join HCTV as we explore the controversial figure in An Evolving Legend: The Story of Robert E. Lee.
Eye in the Sky: The Metro Aviation Unit
Those charged with the task of maintaining public safety go to great lengths — and great heights — to accomplish their goal. This is certainly true of one elite police unit headquartered at Richmond International Airport. The Metro Aviation Unit is a partnership between the Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield and the City of Richmond. Pilots from each jurisdiction assist in a wide array of public safety functions over a landmass of more than 750 square miles with a population of nearly one million people. Fly along with HCTV as police pilots give us a spectacular view of what they do to keep us safe.
Eyes on the Future: Henrico's Planning Department
Henrico's quality development, managed growth and balanced mix of commercial and residential property is no accident. The Planning Department's professional team of experienced, talented staff imagines how the landscape of the county will look years into the future, often relying on lessons of the past and future trends to guide them. Join HCTV as we examine the Planning Department's processes and principles as they develop a vision for Henrico's future growth.
Faith, Smiles and Public Service: The Story of Dr. Jacob L. Adams
Jacob L. Adams Elementary School sits along Laburnum Avenue in Henrico’s East End. Opened in 1967, the school is named for Dr. Jacob L. Adams, a former member and Chair of the Henrico School Board and a beloved dentist in the Highland Springs area. An active community member, Adams was devoted to his local church, his patients, and his family. While serving on the School Board from 1945 to 1963, Dr. Adams oversaw a period of significant growth with the addition of 30 new public schools. Join HCTV as we shed light on Jacob L. Adams’ Highland Springs legacy.
Fighting the Stigma of Opioid Addiction: Voices of Recovery
Americans are becoming addicted to heroin and opioids at an alarming rate, yet few receive treatment. HCTV sat down with recovering opioid addicts who shared their stories in hopes of helping others seek help. One of the recovering addicts expressed "We're not bad people. We're sick people. When we get well, we get better. Through recovery." Join HCTV as we learn how this addiction knows no boundaries in Fighting the Stigma of Opioid Addiction: Voices of Recovery.
Finding a Way Back: The Heroin Crisis in Henrico County
Heroin has become a rampant killer across the United States. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said use of the powerful narcotic had reached an epidemic level. Henrico officials have assembled a task force to work with the community and treatment providers to develop a strong, comprehensive approach to confront the challenges of heroin. Join HCTV as we look inside this public health emergency and find where help is available.
First Pitch: History of the Tuckahoe Little League, The
In the late 1950s baseball became America's favorite pastime, and it was every young boy's dream to play the game. For the kids in Henrico, there was no organized league that would allow them to play—until a group of fathers joined forces to form the Tuckahoe Little League. Through the years, the league has prospered and multiple generations of boys and girls have experienced baseball and softball on first-class fields. The tradition continues today, and HCTV takes you back to those glory years in The First Pitch: History of the Tuckahoe Little League.
For Family and Community: The Life of William Leroy Vandervall
William Vandervall was born in Richmond in 1860 to free black parents Leroy P. and Rebecca Vandervall. After the Civil War, the family saw opportunities beyond Richmond, and settled in an area of western Henrico known as Rio Vista. The family’s commitment to education proved profound. William advocated for educational equality for black students, worked as a teacher for 20 years and was the first African-American mail carrier in the area. His family’s land was used for a church and two schools located on Quioccasin Road. Vandervall died on October 10th, 1934, at age 74. He left a legacy of service to his community and to Henrico County.
Forging Freedom: The Story of Gabriel's Rebellion
Were it not for a typical late summer storm in Central Virginia, the events planned for August 30, 1800 might have changed the history of our country forever. A slave named Gabriel, owned by Thomas Henry Prosser of Brookfield plantation, conceived and organized a widespread slave uprising. Involving several Virginia localities, it was possibly the most far-reaching slave uprising planned in the history of the South. The plan might have succeeded had it not been for a sudden, severe downpour and the disclosure of the plot by several slaves, including Tom and Pharoah, who belonged to Mosby Sheppard of Meadow Farm. The alarm went out and the rebellion was thwarted. The effects of the conspiracy were profound and as a result, county and state leaders instituted legislation to regulate the movement of slaves and free blacks. Join HCTV as we tell the story of Gabriel and the failed insurrection in Forging Freedom: The Story of Gabriel's Rebellion.
Four Centuries of Conflict and Confusion: The History of Dutch Gap
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.
Fresh Set of Eyes: Restaurant Inspections in Henrico, A
We all enjoy a good meal out, right? In fact, Americans dine out four to five times a week on average. No one plans to contract a foodborne illness as a result, but it happens far more often than is reported. The dedicated food safety team in Henrico's Health Department performs thousands of inspections each year on the county's more than 1,100 foodservice establishments to assess risks and protect the public from potential hazards. Join HCTV and our Environmental Health Specialists as we take you inside the inspection process.
From Investigation to Education: Inside the Office of the Fire Marshal
From finding the source of a fire and enforcing fire laws, to educating school children and inspecting businesses for fire safety, the Office of the Fire Marshal covers a diverse and extensive area of responsibility to ensure the safety of Henrico residents. HCTV follows the Fire Marshals in the field as they investigate for possible arson, train to use firearms, simulate a fire escape for kids, put an accelerant-detecting canine to work and more in From Investigation to Education: Inside the Office of the Fire Marshal.
From Shoe Man to Supervisor: Robert Coleman Longan (1885-1960)
Robert C. Longan left an indelible mark across Henrico despite the limits of his own education. Longan grew up on his family's farm in rural Louisa County, before moving to Richmond where he married and became a successful businessman. In 1920, he opened Longan's Family Shoe Store downtown at Fifth and Broad, and in 1943 was elected to represent the Tuckahoe District on the Henrico Board of Supervisors. Longan retired from the board on December 31, 1959, and died from a heart attack the very next day. He left such a mark on Henrico that community leaders thought of him in 1964, when a new elementary school was being planned off West End Drive. R.C. Longan Elementary was dedicated two years later, in 1966.
From the Ground Up: Henrico County GIS
Since 1997, the Geographic Information System — or GIS — has continued to evolve and assist an increasing number of Henrico residents and internal agencies. This complex, computerized, geographic database assists everyone from 911 communication officers dispatching emergency responders to residents accessing a free, public parcel viewer. Join HCTV as we look inside GIS and its many cutting edge applications.
From the Mines of Henrico: The Beginnings of Our Nation's Coal Industry
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
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.
Gaining New Territory: Gang Awareness in Henrico
Gangs are no longer a metropolitan or inner-city problem as they gain new territory in suburban communities — they cross racial, ethnic, socio-economic and geographical boundaries. Henrico's Gang Investigative Team is committed to preventing, intervening and suppressing gang activity in our county. Join HCTV as we learn how Henrico County Police are actively identifying gang activity in Gaining New Territory: Gang Awareness in Henrico.
Game Time! The Babe Ruth World Series at RF&P Park
When it comes to youth baseball, there is no better place to play than Henrico’s own Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park. Henrico has hosted the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series twice at Glen Allen, and families from all over the country have descended upon our county to experience the park’s amenities, as well as our hotels, restaurants, entertainment and shopping venues. Join HCTV as we revisit the Babe Ruth World Series and learn why Henrico is becoming a destination of choice for youth sports tournaments in Game Time! The Babe Ruth World Series at RF&P Park.
George Henry Moody: A Man to Remember, A Name to Honor
George Henry Moody held the office of superintendent for 13 of his 38 years with Henrico County Schools, and was honored and lauded in countless ways. He was a humble man, from humble beginnings, and is worthy of remembrance for leaving an indelible mark as an educator, a leader, and as a humanitarian in Henrico County. Join HCTV as we explore the man for whom Moody Middle School was named in George Henry Moody: A Man to Remember, A Name to Honor.
Get Your Game On: Open Gym
Whether your game is pickleball, table tennis, volleyball, badminton or basketball, you can hit the courts in Henrico County's Open Gym program! Open Gym invites all ages and levels of experience (or inexperience) to get active and healthy without paying for expensive gym memberships or costly fitness classes. Join HCTV as we watch teens to seniors discover the benefits of exercise and meeting new friends in Get Your Game On: Open Gym.
Giving Thanks: The History & Origins of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is celebrated all over the country. When we gather around the table to share a meal with family and friends, do we ever think about how the holiday began? Traditions dating back hundreds of years are still honored today, from turkey and stuffing to parades and football. Join HCTV as we explore the origins of one of America's most cherished holidays.
Going Up! The History and Evolution of the Modern Elevator
Elevators provide a fast, practical way to move in our daily lives. The elevator — or "lift" as it's known in some parts of the world — was not originally designed with people in mind. They carried materials and freight for industry. However, elevators quickly became a selling point for hotels and helped bring about modern skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building. Join HCTV as we look at the evolution of the modern elevator and how Henrico's Department of Building Inspections ensures our county's elevators are safe and sound.
Great War Remembered: Henrico's Story of Service & Support, The
On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered what would eventually come to be known as World War I. Every aspect of our society was affected. The citizens of Henrico County contributed their money, food, energy, and lives to the war effort. Henrico was also the site of a munitions plant staffed by patriotic women in what is now Sandston. Although millions died in combat or from disease, few reminders of the conflict exist today. Through archival film, posters, photographs, and the wartime letters of Meadow Farm's Sheppard Crump, HCTV takes you back to the forgotten war.
Haunted Henrico: Are Ghosts Dwelling in Historic County Properties?
Is it simply folklore, or is it paranormal? Imagination, or science? Most of us have heard ghost stories throughout our lives, and we love to be intrigued and even scared by the tales of mystical spirits among us. Henrico’s history goes back centuries, and many colorful characters have passed through the county leaving their legacies behind — but did they leave? Walkerton, Dabbs House and Meadow Farm are three of the county’s historic properties dating back to the early 1800s, all of them having their fair share of ghost stories and reported sightings. Join HCTV as we explore the phenomenon in Haunted Henrico: Are Ghosts Dwelling in Historic County Properties?
Health Care for the Common Good: Henrico County's Health Department
Through its divisions of clinical, environmental, emergency preparedness and epidemiology, the Henrico County Health Department is committed to the public health and well-being of our residents. From providing health care to refugees and expectant mothers, to ensuring proper operations of private wells, county restaurants and hotels, our health department staff is vigilant in their quest for the common good.
Heart for Service, A: The Path to a Career as a Firefighter
It takes a special person to become a firefighter for Henrico County — a person with a heart for service. Henrico’s Division of Fire is an internationally accredited, full-service agency and the bar is set high for new recruits. No exceptions, no excuses, all potential firefighters must pass both physical and written tests to make it to the top tier of eligible academy recruits. Join HCTV as we learn about this multi-layered, months-long process in A Heart for Service: The Path to a Career as a Firefighter.
Henrico Holiday, A
Celebrate the holidays with HCTV as we explore the sights and sounds of the season right here in Henrico. Join us on the James River to see the spectacular Parade of Lights. Travel back to a simpler time with the "Holiday Song & Dance Movie Night" at the Henrico Theatre, and visit some of the most decked out, decorated homes around. Embrace all the splendor of the season in A Henrico Holiday.
Henrico Homicide: The Murder of Robert Lee Cox, Jr.
On June 8, 2010 Robert Cox Jr. was violently murdered while sitting in his car listening to music. Henrico Police's Homicide Unit is still searching for leads and raking through evidence, but they need your help. Any additional tip, no matter how small, may be just what these detectives need to solve this senseless murder. Join HCTV as we delve into this homicide case, talk to friends of the deceased, and meet the Henrico detectives who will not stop searching until the killer is brought to justice.
Henrico Statesman: Charles M. Johnson (1919-1981)
Charles Monroe Johnson didn't intend to shape the future of Henrico County when he settled near Bethlehem Road after World War II. As a young husband and father, he wanted simply to live in a strong, vibrant community. Today, Charles M. Johnson Elementary School stands as a testament to one man's willingness to step up, to volunteer and to devote himself to his community. Join HCTV as we talk to family members, friends and colleagues who share their stories of a true Henrico Statesman.
Henrico Victim/Witness Assistance Program, The
When a serious crime occurs in Henrico, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and Police work together to prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law. Crime victims and witnesses are essential in bringing offenders to justice, and advocates in the Victim/Witness Assistance Program support them throughout the process. Advocates are committed 24-hours-a-day to advise in legal matters, provide protection and offer counseling to help victims and witnesses get through this difficult time.
Henrico's Iron: Ironclad Battles on the James River
The James River in eastern Henrico County serves as a watery grave for three mighty ships from the Civil War. Today, the CSS Richmond, Virginia II and Fredericksburg remain casualties from the James River Squadron and footnotes to America's struggle to unite its North and South. But during the War, they marked an advanced breed of armored ship. They were Ironclads that forever changed naval combat. HCTV uncovers the untold story of Henrico's maritime combats during the Civil War in Henrico's Iron: Ironclad Battles on the James River.
Henrico's Legacy: Commemorating 400 Years
In 1611, the "city or "town" of Henrico, was established as the second settlement of Virginia. By 1634, Henrico, named for the king's eldest son Henry, Prince of Wales, would become one of the eight original shires of Virginia. As we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henrico County, we embrace the history that made us what we are today. Join HCTV as we explore Henrico's long journey of survival, independence and discovery, and learn about the people and events that shaped the county along the way in Henrico's Legacy: Commemorating 400 Years.
Henrico's View of the James River and Kanawha Canal
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.
Henrico's Wild Side: Living with the Creatures Among Us
From foxes, skunks and deer to raccoons, opossums and even black bears, Henrico County residents may encounter wild life at any given time, even in their own backyards. Join HCTV as we talk to the Police Animal Control Officers to find out how they work with wild animals, what we should do if we happen upon them and how we can all learn to coexist in Henrico's Wild Side: Living with the Creatures Among Us.
Hermitage Enterprises: Staffing and Labor Services
Hermitage Enterprises' mission is to provide vocational and day support services to Henrico citizens with intellectual disabilities. Join HCTV as we meet these hard working individuals, and learn how Hermitage Enterprises supports, educates and trains its production staff while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.
Hidden History: The Story of East End Cemetery
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
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
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 New Market Road: Connecting the Past to the Future, The
New Market Road, part of the Route 5 corridor in eastern Henrico, is one of Virginia’s most historically significant roads. Native Americans, war veterans, local farmers and artisans travelled this byway during times of war and peace, creating history along the way. Join HCTV as we explore the times gone by in The History of New Market Road: Connecting the Past to the Future.
History of Recreation and Parks, The
For more than four decades, Henrico's Division of Recreation and Parks has been committed to helping residents pursue good health and good times. With more than 4 million park visitors each year, the division has embraced the responsibility of caring for more than 3,600 acres of parkland, 140 recreational buildings and 35 historic sites. But the Division of Recreation & Parks had humble beginnings, with a few recreational activities organized at local schools. Join HCTV as we learn about the history of Recreation & Parks, and how the division has grown to serve the residents of Henrico.
Hometown Hero: Arthur Ashe, Jr.
Arthur Ashe, Jr. is known worldwide as a tennis champion, an advocate for education and for his tragic death due to AIDS-related pneumonia as a result of a blood transfusion. Ashe's legacy and his ties to Central Virginia are further cemented in the Henrico County public school that bears his name, Arthur Ashe, Jr. Elementary. Join HCTV as we explore the man behind the tennis racket, and learn about how he used his notoriety to help the people of Richmond, especially children.
Hosting in Henrico: It's Tournament Time!
Whether you need one field or ten for your next tournament, Henrico County's award-winning sports complexes can meet your needs. Henrico, which partially surrounds the capital city Richmond, Virginia, is the perfect Mid-Atlantic location. With the intersection of two major interstates and an international airport in the county, transportation and accommodations couldn't be more convenient. Henrico boasts beautiful parks, cultural sites, and museums, and is within driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Let us show you why Henrico is the place to play!
Identity Theft: Not a Matter of If, but When
Technology enhances our lives with countless conveniences. But it also provides endless opportunities for thieves to exploit our use of everything from social media to gift cards, credit cards, e-commerce and email. Join HCTV as we uncover some of the most popular scams, hacks, and schemes and learn how you can keep from being a target.
In the Hot Zone: Henrico's Hazardous Incident Team
Henrico's Hazardous Incident Team is ready to respond to any chemical, fuel or biological release that threatens the health and safety of Central Virginia residents. The highly-skilled firefighters at Henrico's Station 21 rely on their training and experience to respond to any HAZMAT situation. Join HCTV as we learn more about this specialized unit and its unprecedented reputation throughout our region.
Inside Henrico: Fall 2017
This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:
Inside Henrico: Spring 2017
This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:
Inside Henrico: Summer 2017
This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:
Inside Henrico: Winter 2018
This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:
Jackson Davis: Catalyst for Educational Equality
Jackson Davis made his name as an education reformer. He travelled with his camera, taking thousands of photographs documenting the often-poor condition of African-American education in the South during the first half of the 20th century. These stark images and Davis' meticulous notes helped attract private investment that gradually lifted rural communities still suffering from the Civil War. While his service to Henrico lasted only a few years, Davis' legacy continues. In 1962, the School Board opened Jackson Davis Elementary honoring the catalyst for educational equality.
JEB Stuart: Bold Cavalier
To southerners, James Ewell Brown Stuart is best known as the "Bold Cavalier" of the Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War, and as Robert E. Lee's go-to intelligence man. Join HCTV as we follow J.E.B. Stuart's journey from his boyhood in Ararat, Virginia; his cadet years at West Point; his encounter with abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry; and finally, to his mortal wounding at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in Henrico County.
John Marshall: In the Opinion of the Court
Chief Justice John Marshall helped shape the future of our nation. From his humble beginnings on the Virginia frontier, Marshall served his country in the American Revolutionary War, became a prominent and respected politician, and served for 34 years as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. His wisdom, patriotism, and judicial expertise set an example of justice for the world to follow. Learn how Marshall's leadership cemented the role of the Supreme Court as the Law of the Land in this Central Virginia Biography, John Marshall: In the Opinion of the Court.
John Randolph Tucker: A Heritage of Law
The Tucker name has a legacy of great lawyers and law educators in Virginia dating back to our country's beginning. John Randolph Tucker continued the family heritage and became a highly respected law practitioner and educator just as his ancestors before him. But it was because of his firm belief in civic betterment that he fought for Henrico County to have its own professional government that gave Tucker a legacy all his own.
Larger than Life: Captain John Cussons
With a life that spanned from his native England to the American frontier and ultimately Henrico County, John Cussons left us with a colorful image of his spirited adventures and brash personality. But what do we really know about him? Is it possible to separate the truth from the fiction? The man from the legend? Join HCTV as we learn about the fearless pioneer in Larger than Life: Captain John Cussons (1838-1912).
Lewis Ginter: A Quiet Contribution
Lewis Ginter is probably best known in our area for the botanical garden bearing his name. Located in Henrico County, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is but one of the many contributions Ginter made to the Metro Richmond area with the help of his niece, Grace Arents. Although Metro Richmond was a home Ginter adopted, he profoundly changed the landscape and quality of life through his fascinating and diverse business ventures.
Living With Dignity: Henrico Adult Protective Services
The Henrico Social Services Department has many resources that can help adults who may be the victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Adult Protective Services are provided to elderly, infirmed and disabled adults. Join HCTV as we highlight the needs of our seniors in this exploration of Adult Protective Services.
Made in Henrico: A Look Inside the County's Manufacturing Sector
When you think of Coca-Cola, Chap Stick, Oreos and Chips Ahoy, you think big manufacturing, made in the USA. But, do you think, "Made in Henrico?" They are, along with many other familiar products. Henrico-based manufacturers make many products that touch our daily lives in ways we may not realize. Join HCTV for a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into the realities of modern manufacturing right in our own backyard.
Make It Happen: What It Takes To Become a Henrico County Firefighter
Henrico's firefighters specialize in bringing chaos under control in emergencysituations — that's what they're trained to do. Be it fire, emergency medical service, hazardous materials spills or retrieving the cat from the tree, Henrico firefighters respond in the fast, efficient and cool-headed manner that we have come to expect. But becoming a firefighter is not for the faint of heart, or mind. Henrico's Fire Training Section chooses only a select few applicants who must then endure a grueling 23 weeks of intense training. HCTV embedded with Recruit Academy 61 for the entire process capturing all of the intensity, drama, and danger — taking you where few have been.
Mills E. Godwin: Virginia's Statesman
Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr., known as Virginia's Education Governor, was born November 19, 1914 in Nansemond County, Virginia (now the City of Suffolk). During his two terms as governor, Godwin championed the community college system in Virginia, was a key player in the Civil Rights Movement, and implemented the sales tax in the Commonwealth. Godwin remains the only governor in the country who was elected and served his first term as a democrat, and his second as a republican. Join HCTV as we learn more about Godwin through the stories of people who knew him best.
MONEY: The Evolution of Currency in America
Is there anything more American than the dollar bill? Today it is instantly recognized around the world and universally accepted as payment for just about anything. But American currency traveled a long and colorful course over several centuries before it became the global force we know today. Its development is intertwined with the nation's history, and its evolution continues. Join HCTV as we explore the progressive phases of our legal tender in MONEY: The Evolution of Currency in America.
Monticello: Thomas Jefferson's Dream
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.
Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters: The Henrico Years
The lilting music of the Carter family sprang from the hills of Southwest Virginia, but it flowered in Henrico County. For about six years during the 1940s, Maybelle Carter and her young daughters "– Helen, June and Anita "– set roots in Central Virginia. In 1946, they saw their popularity explode when they landed a spot with Richmond's biggest station "– WRVA "– and its premier stage for hillbilly fun. The family moved to Henrico in 1947, buying a two-story home on what used to be Mountain Road. Join HCTV as we talk to former friends, classmates and fans to learn about Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters during their Henrico years.
Native Fish Species of the James River
During the 17th century the James River was silver with the Shad, Herring & Sturgeon populations. Over time, residential and commercial development, overfishing and habitat changes decimated these native species, but innovative repopulation and rehabilitation programs are now underway to replenish the river. Join HCTV as we explore how our actions and the environment have affected the fish quality, and learn whether it is, indeed, safe to eat fish from the James, in Native Fish Species of the James River.
Nature's Artwork: Wildflowers of Central Virigina
One man's weed is another man's wildflower, and there are nearly 1,500 varieties of wildflowers right here in central Virginia. Not only are these amazing natural creations a beauty to behold, they are an integral part of the ecosystem. From Cattails and Black-eyed Susans to Cardinal Flowers and Dutchman's Breeches, wildflowers pepper our landscape year-round. Join HCTV as we explore these fascinating creations in Nature's Artwork: Wildflowers of Central Virginia.
Never Forget II: Henrico's Cold Cases: Marshall Ray Butler Homicide
Henrico County Currently has more than 80 unsolved crimes, and the cold case unit needs your help. New forensic technology has led to a break in the 1991 murder of 16 year old Marshall Ray Butler. Investigators are now on the trail of a new suspect, and all they may need is one phone call to bring closure to this horrific unsolved homicide. Never Forget.
Never Forget III: Schantz-Ripka Cold Case
On February 11, 1998 Allen Ripka and Shelly Schantz were brutally murdered in their western Henrico home. Henrico investigators had never seen a crime scene that lacked such vital forensic evidence, and after following every plausible lead, the crime remains unsolved. Henrico Police have not forgotten this double homicide, but they need the community's help to bring closure to two families and a murderer to justice.
Never Forget V: Winston & Calvin Homicides
Two cousins murdered a year apart. Two lives cut short. Both were discovered by motorists along desolate roads in the county's east end, shot multiple times. They ran with a rough crowd, and paid the ultimate price. Even though the murders occurred more than two decades ago, someone knows who killed these young men. With the public's help and advances in forensic technology, Henrico Police may soon know as well. Never Forget.
Never Forget VI: Michelle Taylor
On Saturday, July 25th, 1998, Andrea Taylor was stabbed to death in Henrico County and her killer is still at large today. Join HCTV as we follow the police cold case unit's reinvestigation of this horrible crime and learn how it may soon be solved. With new technology available and the possibility of new witnesses coming forward, Henrico police are actively pursuing justice for the person responsible.
Never Forget VII: Inez Childress Cold Case
On September 17, 1994, 82 year-old great-grandmother Inez J. Childress was strangled and drowned in her own bathtub. The killer still remains at large, and police need your help in solving this horrific crime. Join HCTV as we talk to the Childress family members and original investigators on the scene of this homicide. One new lead for Henrico police may help to solve this crime and bring closure to the family. Never Forget.
Never Forget: Arianna Davis Cold Case
Arianna "Peaches" Davis was last seen in the area of Masonic Lane and Nine Mile Road at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010. She was only 20 years old at the time and 6 weeks away from graduating college. Both her family and Henrico police suspect that Peaches was taken against her will. Henrico police have a strong suspect in this case who is linked to other violent crimes and they need your help in bringing this criminal to justice.
Never Forget: Cynthia Gillliam-Ford Cold Case
In January of 1991 Henrico Police discovered human skeletal remains wrapped in a blanket in a wooded area of the county. Evidence at the scene could not help identify the victim or lead police to a suspect. Nearly two decades later, a facial reconstruction sketch released to the media proved to be the key in uncovering the identity of this Jane Doe. Police are now hot on the trail of her killer and they need your help to find the murderer of Cynthia Gilliam-Ford. Never Forget.
Never Forget: Henrico's Cold Cases: Lowther/Hall-Margaret
Henrico County currently has more than 80 unsolved violent crimes, and the Cold Case Unit needs your help. HCTV takes you inside two cases that have gone unsolved for years. First, we'll explore the 1984 Hall-Margaret double murder that stunned a community and has baffled Henrico's most experienced investigators since 1984. Then we'll learn how DNA evidence has helped investigators get close to solving the 2001 shooting of Michael Edward Lowther. The Cold Case Unit may only be one phone call away from solving these cases and bringing closure to the families devastated by these horrific crimes. Never Forget.
Never Forget: Hubbard/Cotner Cold Case
On July 19, 1991, Walter Hubbard and his daughter Stephanie Cotner were brutally beaten during a suspected robbery at the Hubbard Auto Sales, 5207 Brook Road. A suspect has never been identified. Police are searching for any leads that may shed new light on the investigation and they need your help to solve this horrendous crime. Never Forget.
Never Forget: Janice Johnson Missing Person Cold Case
On November 1, 2001 Janice Johnson, a wife and mother of three children, went missing. While Police located her abandoned car several days later, no other evidence has surfaced — no crime scene, no body, no witnesses. In the years that have since passed, Henrico County Cold Case detectives have worked tirelessly to link a suspect to Janice's disappearance, but they still need that one tip, or one phone call to help solve the mystery of what happened to Janice Johnson. Never Forget.
New Beginning: Inside Henrico Drug Court, A
Henrico County Drug Court is a structured, four-phase program designed to reduce crime and recidivism among substance abuse offenders. Drug Court works to intervene and rehabilitate participants so they can live clean and sober lives. Join HCTV as we delve inside Drug Court, meet the people who make it work and watch the addicts strive to succeed.
On Board with the Henrico Marine Patrol
The James River has been a waterway for commercial vessels for centuries. Through the years, recreational activity on the river has increased in popularity and it's not uncommon to see anglers, skiers, canoers and kayakers year round. Henrico's Police and Fire Marine Patrol Units watch over the James ensuring public safety on the water just as they do on dry land. Join HCTV for an immersive look into the mission, tools and training of the men and women who patrol the river in On Board with the Henrico Marine Patrol.
On the Green: Belmont Golf Course
Henrico County's Belmont Golf Course was first established in 1917 as Hermitage Country Club on Hilliard Road. The golf course hosted such prestigious events as the Valentine Invitational, The Richmond Open, and the 1949 PGA Championship. Henrico purchased the property in 1977 and named the golf course Belmont. The 18-hole course is open to the public, and is one of the area's finest recreational venues. Join HCTV as we meet the golfers and explore the history, fun and challenges of the course in On the Green: Belmont Golf Course.
Only Rain Down the Drain! Protecting Our Stormwater System
The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System — also known as MS4 — is all around us, yet it is easy to overlook. It carries runoff from streets, parking lots and other land surfaces directly to streams and creeks. This water, and the pollutants that get swept up in it, does not pass through a treatment plant before emptying into the James or Chickahominy Rivers, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. Learn what Henrico County is doing to prevent pollution from entering our watersheds, and what you can do to help in Only Rain Down the Drain! Protecting Our Stormwater System.
Open for Business: How to Start Up in Henrico
Henrico is open for business, and we know our corporate neighbors — large and small — enhance our community and quality of life. Our strong business climate is due in part to the ease with which local entrepreneurs can get established. Henrico agencies work with our start-up business owners to make the process fast and user-friendly. Join HCTV as we walk through the process and meet some business owners who turned their enterprise ideas into reality right here in Henrico.
Open Road: The Interstate Highways in Henrico County, The
The National System of Interstate and Defense Highways united the far corners of the nation, changing lives and landscapes along the way. While their existence is largely taken for granted, they remain the most ambitious public works project in American history. More than one thousand miles of the network was allocated for Virginia in the 1956 plan. Henrico County benefitted from three components: I-95, I-64 and I-295. Together, they formed the framework for Henrico's future growth. Join HCTV for a revealing road trip that connects past and present.
Opportunity to Reform: The Laurel Industrial School and the History of Juvenile Corrections in Henrico, An
Few people traveling through Laurel on Hungary Road seem to notice that they're in one of the county's historic districts, or that they're passing through the site of the state's first reformatory. HCTV takes an investigative journey into the dramatic and complex history of the Laurel Industrial School, examines its legacy, and sheds light on its place on the path to modern juvenile justice.
Paving Ahead: Building & Maintaining Roads in Henrico County
Henrico's Public Works Department maintains more than 3,400 lane miles of roadways, typically resurfacing or repaving about 150 miles of roads each year. Because our crews survey the roads year round and prioritize paving work, our residents enjoy the ability to drive throughout the county on safe, well-maintained roadways. Join us as HCTV explores how the process works and what's involved in Paving Ahead: Building & Maintaining Roads in Henrico County.
People In Crisis: Henrico Area Mental Health Crisis Center
Every year in Henrico County more than 30,000 calls are made to the Henrico Area Mental Health Crisis Hotline. Under the emergency services program, this hotline is available for anyone in the county experiencing acute mental stress. Whether callers feel suicidal, are experiencing panic attacks, or are feeling overwhelming depression, the crisis clinicians are there to help. Join HCTV as we hear stories from the professionals who staff this hotline, as well as those who have benefited from the service. If you or someone you love is experiencing significant mental stress and are unable to handle it alone, the crisis line (727-8484) is always there 24 hours a day.
Permit Center, The
Henrico's Permit Center is a one-stop shop designed to save you time and reduce the frustration often associated with obtaining permits for construction projects. Whether you're a seasoned contractor or a first-time do-it-yourself builder, The Permit Center is there to help you overcome problems and expedite your project.
Piece of Our Past: The Old Henrico Courthouse and Jail, A
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.
Pocahontas: The Myth and Mystery of an Icon
Although more than 400 years have passed since she stepped into history, Pocahontas continues to capture the imagination of people everywhere. While representations of her continue to proliferate, how much is really known about the enigmatic icon? Join HCTV for a fresh look at the making of the legend, and how her fascinating journey unfolded.
Pride & Precision: The Honor Guards of Henrico County
With polish and precision, the honor guards of Henrico County lead by quiet example and command respect for the flags of our nation, state and county. They also help honor the men and women who serve and sacrifice for us all. The Police and Fire divisions and the Sheriff's Office each has its own ceremonial unit. They continue a proud military tradition that dates to 1784 and the end of the American Revolution.
Protection, Affection & Adoption: Inside Henrico's Animal Shelter
Henrico's animal shelter, its officers and its staff play a vital role in keeping our community safe. They also provide care and humane treatment of animals that support long, rewarding relationships between residents and their pets. Join HCTV as we visit the state-of-the-art animal shelter, meet a few of its residents and talk to the Animal Protection Police Officers about the adoption process, and what we all need to know about pet ownership in Henrico.
Raymond Bennett Pinchbeck: The Good Neighbor
The students at Pinchbeck Elementary School are known as the Rays — for good reason. The school's name and mascot come from Raymond B. Pinchbeck, a man who served his community locally and nationally. As a Henrico School Board member, a Dean at the University of Richmond and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Pinchbeck brightened lives throughout the community and inspired a character in the popular 1970s television series The Waltons.
REAP: Real Estate Advantage Program
If you're a county resident who is 65 or older or disabled, and own property in Henrico County, you may be able to save money on your real estate taxes if you meet the program's requirements. REAP has been growing steadily since its inception in 1973, and has made a dramatic difference in the lives of many participants. HCTV shows you how to REAP the benefits of this wonderful program.
Reinvest: Commercial Investment Tax Abatement Program
Henrico County's mature buildings and commercial corridors have history and character worth preserving, and the Reinvest Program provides a partial tax exemption to encourage the renovation, rehabilitation or replacement of these older properties. Watch as HCTV shows how this commercial investment tax abatement program has resulted in the rejuvenation of local businesses and older corridors throughout the county. Henrico representatives, local developers and business owners tell us why Henrico's Reinvest Program is a positive proposition for everyone involved.
Reinvest: Residential Investment Tax Abatement Program
Now is a great time to renovate or remodel your home! With new home loans out of reach for many, staying put and updating your existing home is an increasingly attractive option, especially now that Henrico has introduced Reinvest! Let HCTV show you how an investment in your property can actually save you money in the long run.
Richard Evelyn Byrd: Admiral of the Antarctic
By the early 1950s, Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd had become one of the world's experts on the Earth's polar regions. Leading his men into undiscovered icy territory in the name of science and exploration earned him the label of an American hero during the first half of the 20th century. Learn about Virginia's own extraordinary explorer, and original namesake of Richmond International Airport, in Richard Evelyn Byrd: Admiral of the Antarctic.
Ringing the Bell: Police and Fire Chaplains of Henrico County
Police and Fire chaplains are volunteer ministers who provide pastoral care and spiritual support to the first responders and residents of Henrico County. Whether it's helping officers deal with stress on the job, or helping someone from the community through a difficult time, their compassion and gentle care can be invaluable during a crisis.
Safe Place to Learn: Henrico's School Resource Officers, A
Henrico County is committed to providing its public schools with a safe learning environment. That's why specially trained police officers are assigned to work in each elementary, middle and high school. These school resource officers partner with school security officers, administrators and teachers, but they do far more than maintain order. Join HCTV as we talk to the officers and learn how they mentor, guide and protect Henrico's students.
Safely Rest: The Saga of Taps, An American Bugle Call
Taps, the unmistakable bugle melody that has signaled day's end for our military for more than 150 years, is perhaps best known as a song of mourning and as the final tribute at funerals for service members. While the twenty-four deceptively simple notes are easily recognizable, their origin is much more complex. Join HCTV for a musical journey that spans the Eastern Henrico Civil War battles in the summer of 1862, and the creation of Taps at Berkeley Plantation soon thereafter, to Arlington National Cemetery where it is played an average of thirty times a day.
Seamless Service: Henrico's Volunteer Rescue Squads
When a medical emergency arises, Henrico County calls on a network of first responders to provide immediate care at the scene. These highly trained individuals are often members of the Division of Fire, but they also can be volunteers with one of the county's three independent rescue squads. Join HCTV as we learn more about the volunteers' professional training, equipment, and what drives them to help others.
Signs, Lines & Signals: On the Road with Henrico's Traffic Engineering Division
Henrico County is a community in constant motion. Thousands of lane miles of road connect neighborhoods, schools, businesses and other facilities — any place you need to go. The safety of residents and motorists depends on streets that are properly designed, maintained and marked. Installing, repairing and replacing signs; placing lines and other roadway markings; and ensuring traffic signals are working as they should — all of these duties, as well as the planning of new roads, fall to the Department of Public Works and its Traffic Engineering Division.
Southern Man of Mystery: Edgar Allan Poe
This premiere edition of Central Virginia Biographies takes you into the world of "America's Shakespeare," Edgar Allan Poe. The brilliant but troubled writer is credited with mastering the genre of science fiction, detective fiction, and the horror story, in addition to creating mesmerizing poetry and establishing the format of the short story. The legendary author of The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher grew up in Richmond, and considered himself a Virginian wherever his travels led him. Take a poetic journey back in time with HCTV's Southern Man of Mystery: Edgar Allan Poe.
Standing Tall: Native Trees of Henrico County
From majestic oaks to loblolly pines, the native trees of Henrico not only enhance the natural beauty of the county and provide a habitat for animals, they play a vital part in the ecology of our environment. Join HCTV as we learn about the variety of native trees in our area and the role they play in the cycle of life.
Starting Over: Refugee Resettlement in Henrico
Imagine being forced to relocate your family to a foreign country because you fear for your life. There are more than 19 million refugees in the world today, and approximately 2,400 of them resettle in Virginia each year. Starting over in a region unknown can be overwhelming, but the Henrico Resettlement Program is ready to assist. Whether it's access to health care, school enrollment, or learning the English language, the people of Henrico are prepared to help ease the transition for refugees.
Still in the Game: Adult Sports in Henrico
Softball, Rugby, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, Kickball, Golf, Lacrosse and more. . . whatever the game, adults in Henrico looking for a way to stay active and competitive turn to Henrico's Adult Sports Leagues. Our Division of Recreation and Parks maintains pristine fields and organized scheduling to assist adult league players throughout their sport season. HCTV follows the action in Still in the Game: Adult Sports in Henrico.
Story of Maude Trevvett: A Lifetime of Teaching, The
Maude F. Trevvett was a primary teacher in Henrico County Public Schools for 46 years. At age nine she and her family emigrated from Leicester, England and settled in the village of Glen Allen. Trevvett began her teaching career in 1892 at Yellow Tavern School, followed by Laurel, and eventually Glen Allen School. She taught as many as three generations of Henrico students and left a permanent mark on the Glen Allen area. In 1958, Henrico officials acknowledged her dedication to Henrico by naming a new school in the Brookland district "Maude Trevvett Elementary School."
Story of Mercer Hugh Cosby Farm, The
The Mercer Hugh Cosby Farm, located in western Henrico County, has been part of one family’s story for five generations. Significant for its ownership by one African-American family dating back to the late 1800s, Mercer Hugh Cosby built the farmhouse in the 1880s on 52-acres. Today, the Cosby farm teems with cornstalks and other crops — and it gives barely notice to the suburban development that’s sprung up nearby. Join HCTV as we learn more about this family of farmers, educators and preservationist and its notable place in Henrico’s history.
Strumming Up the Past: Henrico's Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass represents a distinctly American style of music, a beautiful blend of old-timey, Celtic, gospel, country and blues. Henrico County is keeping the music alive by organizing a bluegrass jam each month at Dorey Park. If you've stood before the microphone and or clapped from the audience, you know there's something about bluegrass that tugs on your soul.
SWAT: Henrico's Special Weapons And Tactics Team
Police officers put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect Henrico County residents. And sometimes, when the situation is complex, the stakes are high and lives are in danger, it's time to call in the SWAT team. Unified action and perfect precision are paramount to its successful operations, and team members must be ready to engage at a moment's notice. Join HCTV as we follow this elite, highly-trained, Special Weapons and Tactics team.
Taking Out the Trash: Henrico's Solid Waste Division-2015
Someone has to do it. Garbage doesn't just magically disappear. The employees of Public Utilities' Solid Waste Division are out there every morning collecting trash and recycling from more than 6,000 homes. HCTV-17 takes you behind the scenes of this physically demanding job and introduces you to the people who help keep Henrico beautiful.
Taking to the Sky: First Ladies of Aviation
In 1903, the Wright Brothers harnessed the mystery of flight. Male-dominated American aviators began to explore the skies and capture the imagination. But before long, women stepped forward with their own spirit of adventure. Join HCTV as we meet Martha C. West, Genevieve Krimm Orange and Maude "Maxine" Walker who found their passion for flying and a desire to go beyond the traditional roles expected of women.
Therapeutic Recreation in Henrico County
Therapeutic Recreation in Henrico County provides the opportunity for residents with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in activities that benefit them socially, emotionally and physically. Join HCTV as we highlight programs including arts and crafts, sports, games, dance and drama offered by Henrico Recreation and Parks. Learn from recreation therapists, coaches, participants and parents as they describe the importance of these activities and how our disabled community benefits from these innovative programs.
Tommy Edwards: Henrico’s Hit Maker
Singer-songwriter Tommy Edwards crooned his way to the top of the charts in the 1950s, selling millions of records in the U.S. and around the world. The Henrico native appeared on the programs of entertainment icons Ed Sullivan and Dick Clark, and headlined shows in major cities. But fame would prove to be fleeting for Henrico’s biggest star, who found his career peaking at the same time American popular music was dramatically changing. Join HCTV on a musical journey through Tommy’s life and times, which began and ended in Henrico’s West End.
Uncovering the Truth: Polygraph Use in Henrico County
How can you tell when a person is lying? Oftentimes, his or her body will provide a clue — a quick pulse, sweaty palms and stammering speech. For the better part of a century, police have interviewed suspected criminals using machines designed to help separate fact from fiction. These polygraphs — or lie detectors — have become an important investigative tool for law-enforcement agencies, including the Henrico County Police Division. But polygraphs have limited use and remain controversial, because the science behind them is imprecise.
Under the Hood: A Look Inside Central Automotive Maintenance
Henrico County operates in a state of constant motion. Police, Fire, Public Works, Schools and other agencies all depend on their own fleet of vehicles to get the job done. But behind each police cruiser, fire engine, snow plow and school bus is a team of expert automotive technicians. Join HCTV as we learn how the Central Automotive Maintenance team keeps the county rolling.
Underage Drinking: Adult Consequences
Keeping alcohol out of the hands of underage drinkers is a team effort. Parents, school officials, law enforcement and community partners have joined together to teach tweens to twenties about the health risks and legal consequences that can result from a moment of poor judgment. HCTV talks to the experts about the steps they are taking to keep our young people safe.
Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse
Each year hundreds of thousands of seniors are abused, neglected and exploited in the United States. Many elder victims are frail, unable to care for themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Henrico's Adult Protective Services works with public and private agencies to stop the mistreatment of the county's elderly population. Join HCTV as we highlight the services that help detect, investigate, prosecute and prevent elder abuse cases.
Unified Plan: Behind the Scenes with Police and Fire at Richmond International Raceway, A
Each spring and fall, the largest spectator sporting event in Virginia takes place right here in Henrico County, at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR draws enormous crowds, and with an event this big you can bet many months of planning goes on behind the scenes. Learn how Henrico's public safety agencies work closely with RIR staff to ensure a safe, healthy, fan-friendly experience every time in A Unified Plan: Behind the Scenes with Police and Fire at Richmond International Raceway.
Virginia Estelle Randolph: Pioneer Educator
Virginia Estelle Randolph was a pioneer educator in Henrico County during the 19th and 20th centuries. Her innovative ideas and vocational curriculum termed "The Henrico Plan" was adopted throughout the south and internationally. Randolph made remarkable strides in African-American education during an unsettled time in our history. Join HCTV as we look inside the life of Virginia Estelle Randolph, and learn how her legacy lives on today.
Virginia: The Mother of Presidents
Virginia is known as the Mother of Presidents for good reason: more United States presidents hail from this great state than any other. Virginia has produced eight U.S. presidents, including Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor and Wilson. Each played a vital role in the formation of our country and our democratic form of government. These insightful and experienced leaders guided our country through times of war and peace, and helped shape the United States of America.
Vote Here! Virginia’s History of Voting and Elections
For more than two centuries, Virginia’s electorate has expanded and become more representative of its people — though not without struggle. Much like the voting ranks have changed over time, so has the process. Changes brought by the Voting Rights Act and other measures inspired by the Civil Rights Movement reverberated throughout the Commonwealth. The unfettered right to vote is available to more Virginians today than at any point in the state’s history. That right is not always exercised, however. Join HCTV as we explore the history of voting and the evolution of elections in Virginia.
Water, Clean and Clear: Henrico's Water Treatment Facility
A safe water supply is vital to our community. Henrico's Water Treatment Facility is committed to supplying our residents with the safest, cleanest water in the region. Join HCTV as we follow the process from the raw product extracted from the James River, to the refined, crystal clear water delivered to Henrico homes and businesses in Water, Clean and Clear: Henrico's Water Treatment.
Welcome to Dabbs House
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
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.
Westwood Community, The: Built on Faith and Resilience
In the near West End of Richmond — not far from the bustle of Willow Lawn — stands a community that speaks to the power of unity, determination and perseverance. The village of Westwood was established by former slaves in the late 19th century in what was then a remote, rural part of Henrico County. Over decades, the community grew to include dozens of humble homes as well as stores, a church and a school. But the community found itself drawn into a fight for its own survival. Facing seemingly impossible odds, the families held firm and discovered just how resilient their village could be.
When Food Can Kill You: Living with Food Allergies
For some people, food choices are a matter of life and death. Allergic reactions to certain foods can arise suddenly, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Join HCTV as we talk to people coping with food allergies, medical professionals and parents of children with the condition in When Food Can Kill You: Living with Food Allergies.
When the Clock Strikes Twelve: New Year's Traditions
Remember, reflect, resolve, renew — our New Year's traditions help us do all of these things. But before you can have the tradition, you need to have the New Year. Why do we celebrate the first of January? And how did all of these traditions get started? From Auld Lang Syne and champagne toasts, to Times Square, black-eyed peas and Pasadena's Rose Bowl, learn about all things New Year in HCTV's When the Clock Strikes Twelve: New Year's Traditions.
Without Warning: How Henrico Responds to Water Main Breaks
It can happen at any time, anywhere, without notice. A water main can suddenly burst, disrupting service and causing roads to buckle and crumble. Are they happening more often lately? Truthfully, no. Water main breaks are simply a reality for communities as they grow and mature, and based on its size, Henrico has fewer than half as many breaks as the national average. Join HCTV as we learn how our crews respond to water main breaks 24-7, 365 days a year.
You Are Not Alone: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness
We've all known someone with mental health challenges, whether it be a family member, coworker, friend or have had struggles ourselves. Until recently, "recovery" was seldom uttered in the same sentence with "mental illness," but times are changing. We've come a long way from the mental institutions and sanitariums of a generation ago, but the shackles of stigma still remain. In 2011, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services launched an innovative campaign to combat the stigma of mental illness and granted HCTV full access to the process.