Spring brings new life and the start of another growing season. What's sown and how it is cultivated today is vastly different from how it was done in the early 17th century, in the time of the Jamestown and Henricus colonies.
Join us on April 8 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
as Andrew Rowand, Agricultural Specialist, Henricus Historical Park, shows us how some things have changed while many have stayed the same over the past 400 years.
Since its founding in 1720, Hanover County has been rural in nature with an agricultural base. Two centuries after Jamestown and Henricus, Hanover County was the home of America's "Father of Soil Science," Edmund Ruffin
. From 1844 until his death in 1865, Ruffin pioneered methods in the improvement and preservation of soil productivity, which had far-reaching agricultural implications. He is buried at "Marlbourne," the home he named for the marl,
a lime-rich mud, that he used to chemically balance his soil.