on the church grounds
2401 E. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23223
Please call ahead to confirm tour availability in the event of a church function or other programming.
NO TOURS Aug 19 from 1-3PM.
Monday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
The last tour of the day is at 3:30pm.
Welcome to Historic St. John's Church.
We're glad you're here.
A year prior to drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson attended the Second Virginia Convention held inside St. John’s Church. Alongside George Washington, Richard Henry Lee and other important figures in the American Revolution, Jefferson listened as Patrick Henry gave his now-famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
There is perhaps no better place to get a taste of the revolutionary spirit that forever altered the course of the nation.
This speech ignited the American Revolution, making St. John’s a must-see landmark for anyone interested in the universal struggle for human rights. Henry’s words not only articulated the concept of liberty as an essential right — a philosophy drawn from the writings of Enlightenment scholars — and an ideal to which we still aspire — but also inspired support during a critical turning point in uniting the colonies against an increasingly hostile British rule.
Since 1938, St. John's Church Foundation has been charged with the preservation of St. John's Church, now a National Historic Landmark. Our Educational Programs, Special Events, Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and donations from visitors from all over the world support us in this goal.
We welcome you to visit Historic St. John's and learn where 'liberty found its voice'.
The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history!
The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history! Afterwards artist Laura Marr will sell her amazing coloring book INKY RICHMOND in the Visitor Center.
Join us for our last reenactment of the summer, followed by a book signing by author Jenny Cote whose new book The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key features Patrick Henry and St. John's! The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history!
Illustrator Laura Marr will be on hand to sell and sign her beautiful coloring book after the Reenactment on Sunday 8/27.
Author Jenny Cote will be at St. John's for our last reenactment of the summer to sign copies of her latest book.
Lohmann: At Richmond's historic St. John's Church, 'every inch of this place has something to tell …’
Mark Holmburg of CBS News covers our Anniversary Liberty or Death Reenactment at St. John's Church.
This year Mr. Henry will deliver a portion of his speech on the main stage.
Watch our latest video with amazing drone footage from the top of Church Hill.
Liberty & Slavery