Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, as a young man, ca. 1600. Thomas Dale named Henricus in his honor, later to known as Henrico County.
In 1611, Sir Thomas Dale founded the Citie of Henricus, the second settlement in the Colony of Virginia which later became Henrico County. Henrico, named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales and son of King James !, became one of the original eight shires of virginia in 1634. The county originally included land on both sides of the James River from Charles City County west to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was later divided into ten additional counties and three cities.
In 1934, exactly 300 years after becoming one of the original shires., Henrico became the first county in Virginia to adopt the county manager form of government. That year, the Borad of Supervisors appointed Willard F. Day County Manager. Since then, the Board of Supervisors has been responsible for policy making while the County Manager has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of county services.
Sir thomas Dale led the expedition that established the Virginia Company's second settlement.