Henrico County

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Overview
First explored by colonists in 1607, the territory that was to become Henrico County was the site of the second Englishsettlement in the colony of Virginia. Settled in 1611, Henricowas named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales. Henrico was the site of the first college and the first iron works in the New World and is one of the original shires, or counties, in Virginia. Extending along the James River from its junction with the Appomattox River to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Henrico was eventually subdivided into nine-and-a-half counties and three independent cities. During 1861 to 1865, 18 major battles and numerous heavy engagements were fought on Henrico soil. From the end of the Civil War until World War II, agriculture was the backbone of the county's economy. After the war, the county experienced a surge in population that resulted in the growth of service industries. Today it is a vibrant urban county.
Details
ISBN: 9780738542645
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Dr. Louis H. Manarin, historian and author, is a resident of Henrico County. He is a member of the Henrico Historical Society and has published several books on the history of the county and the surrounding area. Among these are The History of Henrico County, Henrico County Field of Honor, and Postcard History Series: Richmond on the James. In Images of America: Henrico County, he has chronicled significant events in the county's history and has presented a mosaic of life in Henrico.