Henrico Government Center West
Henrico is one of the oldest counties in the country. It is bounded by the Chickahominy River to the north and the James River and City of Richmond to the south.
Named after the Citie of Henricus, Henrico was organized as one of the eight original Shires of Virginia in 1634. Since then, 10 counties and three independent cities have been formed from the original territory of Henrico Shire. The City of Richmond was officially part of Henrico County until 1842, when it became a fully independent city. The present-day Henrico County curves around the City of Richmond, surrounding it to the west, the north, and the east. In 1611, Thomas Dale founded the Citie of Henricus on a peninsula in the James River that is now called Farrar's Island. Henricus was named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, but it was destroyed during the Indian massacre of 1622, when Native American warriors attacked the English settlers to drive them from the area. The original county seat was at Varina, at the Varina Farms plantation. In 1752, Henrico relocated its seat to a more central location inside the City of Richmond, between Church Hill and what is now Tobacco Row. It was not until 1974 that the county offices were moved to the western portion of the county. in 1988 the county opened its Eastern Government Center.
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Board of Supervisors (Website)
- Tyrone E. Nelson, Chairman, Varina
- Thomas M. Branin, Vice Chairman, Three Chopt
- Patricia S. O’Bannon, Tuckahoe
- Frank J. Thornton, Fairfield
- Daniel J. Schmitt, Brookland District
Main Administration Building
4301 East Parham Rd.
P.O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23228
Google Maps link
Phone number: (804) 501-4000
- Richmond International Airport
- Richmond International Raceway
- Staples Mill Amtrak Station
- Deep Run Schoolhouse
- Meadow Farm
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
- Virginia Randolph Museum
- Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum
- Dorey Park Trailhead
- Short Pump Town Center
- West End Farmers’ Market
U.S. Decennial Census 1990-2010, American Community Survey, 2014 5-Year Estimates.
U.S. Census, OnTheMap Application, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program, 2014.