It was here that the Virginia Convention of 1775 met to discuss the question of taking arms against the British. Delegates to ... More
St. John's Church
It was here that the Virginia Convention of 1775 met to discuss the question of taking arms against the British. Delegates to the Convention included Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Patrick Henry delivered the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" Words so powerful that a man watching through a window declared, upon hearing Henry, that he wished to be buried on that very spot. On the spot he lies, in a sepulcher placed beneath the same window. St. John's is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Virginia.
Every Sunday, starting in late May and running thru early September, there is a re-enactment of the 2nd Virginia Convention, where Patrick Henry gave his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. It is absolutely phenomenal and a must see. It is free and open to the public. Show up early because seating is limited and tickets run out quickly.
Myself and an associate were in Richmond on business. We were walking around and we literally stumbled onto St. John's church and were asked if we wanted free tickets to the reenactment. We'd never heard about it and thought it would be a great way to blow some time. There's a short church service and hymn's before the play. Very nice.
Once the play starts you will be astounded by the acting and mezmerized by the reenactment of this historical event. There are some laughs such as when "Colonel Washington" was called to the floor. The Patrick Henry speech is amazing to say the least.
We saw the play around 5 years ago and we still talk about it as being the best Historical visit either of us had ever had, any where. This is a must see and will not disappoint. Great for families, historical buffs, and everyone in between.
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