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“An amazing visit and a blast from the past”

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 8, 2012

This is the site of Patrick Henry's famous speech, "Give me liberty or give me death . . ." This event is the very first I remember from school over five decades ago and was a special treat. The guided tour came with a small fee and a sit down in the original part of the church (which is otherwise locked). The church is lovely and the guides presentation was excellent.

Before the first shots of the Revolutionary were fired at Lexington and Concord, our early leaders (Henry, Jefferson, Washington, Lee, Randolph and others) convened in this church to avoid the clutches of English Lord Dunmore in Richmond. What courage it must have taken the Church elders to allow this and risk their own safety.

It was before what would have been a close vote to choose liberty that Patric Henry made his speech at the church front. The measure for liberty passed with a slim vote.

When you sign up for the tour at the Visitors Center you will get a map of the cemetery. It makes for an interesting walk.

P.S. The windows here are NOT Tiffany. The Tiffany windows are at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at: 815 E. Grace Street.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

St John's tells the early story of the USA, Virginia, and Richmond effectively; is located in an interesting and diverse part of the city.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Lovely stained glass windows. No charge. Worth a stop coming from or going to State Capitol Building. Closes at 4:00 pm

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

The reenactment each Sunday during the summer months portray the 2nd Convention of Virginia delegates meeting to debate entering the Revolution. It was during these debates that Patrick Henry gave us the famous line, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" The reenactment takes place in the same church as the actual event, where Henry, Washington, Jefferson, and other notable Virginians once sat. The audience can also take part in small ways. A concert of patriotic music precedes the "convention." Photos may be taken with "Founding Fathers" after the performance. There is also a well-stocked gift shop. The church is from 1741, although the parish dates back to 1611. The tombstones outside the church are some of the oldest in Richmond...very interesting! There are also some performances on Veteran's Day, around Christmas, and perhaps one or two more. You can also arrange for a private performance. All in all, 5 stars! If you want to "feel" the passion of the Revolution, this is where you'll find it!

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The docent dressed in period costume and speaking in the voice of Patrick Henry passionately imploring the House of Burgesses to give him liberty or death made
our visit to the site of of this exciting historical event a memorable experience. My husband and I were the only folks on the tour, but it did not stop "Ray" from giving an outstanding dramatic performance that we thoroughly enjoyed. He was a very knowledgeable guide and answered questions that could have easily stumped other tour leaders. There is a reasonable fee to enjoy the history and the drama. Edgar Allen Poe's mother is interred in the churchyard.

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