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“Site of Patrick Henry's famous speech”

St. John's Episcopal Church
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Owner description: Historic St. John's Church - where Patrick Henry gave his 'give me liberty or give me death' speech. We are closed to the public the month of January.
Reviewed October 11, 2011

Need the guided tour to see inside the still working church. $8 a person. Grounds kept up. Gift shop. Our tour guide, a young man, was excellent.

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Reviewed May 22, 2011

We were very impressed by the tour staff. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the events and people surrounding Richmond in the pre-Revolutionary war.

Thank John L
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Reviewed April 4, 2010

Ideal for history buffs, St. John's Church is most famous for being the site where Patrick Henry madehis famous "give me liberty or give me death" speech, ultimately committing Virginia to the revolution. The church itself has expanded since those days and features stunning stained glass windows and pipe organ.

Surrounding the church is an ancient graveyard. While local luminaries including Wyethe and Poe's mother are interred there, most of the graves contain average citizens. Many of the gravestones are worn with age and their are some truly unusual ones including two that look like little brick dog houses. Additionally, there are many stone tables which were used to discourage foraging pigs.

We took the tour which costs six dollars. The guide was an attractive young woman in colonial garb. She guides you from the gift shop to the church, pointing out highlights in the cemetary and answering questions. She then unlocks the church and continues her presentation which climaxes with a partial recitation of Henry's famous words. The guide was well versed and fielded questions well. Our tour contained two people although the subsequent one had about fifteen people. Photographs are permitted in the church. There is a gift shop featuring the usual glassware, t shirts, caps as well as pottery and jewelry.

There are reenactments during the summer months--check the church website for details. Be sure to wear flat shoes because the ground is bumpy. There is an elevator on the west side but I dodn't think this attraction is handicap accessible. We parked on the street for free.

This was a fun visit, breathing life into American history.

3  Thank Molga
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

Being in Richmond, feeling like New England. This is a beautiful 1739 church and that maintains its creditability and integrity. The tour was informative and interesting. The grounds and the church were immaculate. Both provide exceptional photo opportunities. Don't miss this historic site. It creates visuals and triggers the imagination from another time and place that is very hard to pass up.

Thank Charlestonnext
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

We were in Richmond this summer, and missed the re-enactment at St. John's that they do every Sunday. But we came on a Monday, and we did take the tour, and found it very interesting and enlightening. There's a lot of interest in that speech on the part of the Tea Party crowd, for whom Patrick Henry is a hero, and the 25-minute tour was centered very well on him, and on the events that took place there. It was quite a thrill to realize we were sitting in the seats that Washington or Jefferson might have been sitting in when they heard the speech. The speech is still important, and the tour sets it off very well.

3  Thank Jerry H
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