History Comes Alive in the Summertime.

We offer Liberty or Death reenactments every Sunday in the summer, as well as on other special dates throughout the year. Come witness the extraordinary rhetoric of Patrick Henry as he convinces his fellow delegates to take up arms against the King!

Tickets are sold online in advance OR in our Gift Shop on the Day of the Show if available.

Please call our Gift Shop with questions at 804.648.5015

Tickets are $6.17

All Liberty or Death shows have the same schedule:

  • 1:15 PM Front Doors open. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 1:30 PM Music program begins.

  • 1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity)

Please call our Visitor Center at (804) 648-5015 with questions or any special requests.

Accessibility:  Historic St. John's Church welcomes all visitors. We are fully wheelchair accessible.  We offer handicapped parking on 24th street, directly in front of the elevator, which leads to the church grounds. Street parking only.

We ask that parents escort restless or noisy children outside so that the audience is not disturbed. Your cooperation is appreciated!

One child over 14 days old and under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may sit on lap of ticketed adult.


“The Performance Highlight of Our Trip”

The church seemed closed for repair when we came to the door and we were rushed in to a Live reenactment of Patrick Henry's Famous speech in the place he did it more than two hundred years before. It was the best. A hundred fourth graders in a historical trance. From the balcony we watched the play with amazement and paid at the gift shop after. What a gift as they rarely do the play in the daytime."

“Where History Comes Alive”

Sundays, during at least part of the summer, St. John's Church puts on a reenactment of this speech. .... As I sat in the Church, where the speech was made, in the pews where the participants of that meeting would have heard the speech, and next to an actor in complete garb, I started to get into it. Henry starts with wanting to form a militia. Pendleton who scared the bajeezus out of me when he started interrupting Henry rather loudly, retorted his requests, and was joined by others. The Kings ministers are evil, not the King. This will be ok if we just wait. We do not want conflict with our King. We are not prepared. Finally, Patrick kind of loses it, 18th Century style, and goes through everything they have done to solve the issue peaceably. He then goes into while his detractors want to avoid a war, there are troop laden ships in American harbors. America faces no outward threat - those troops are here for us. The war had already started. I am not even close to giving this play justice because by the end of it I am ready to go to war too.