on the church grounds
2401 E. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23223
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'.
Save the date! John Ragosta to discuss his latest book about Patrick Henry....
In honor of Patrick Henry, Delegate to the Second Virginia Convention from Hanover County, first Governor of a free Virginia, and original orator of the lauded "Liberty or Death" speech.
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