Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Richmond has Revolutionary War History Too!

On this Fourth of July weekend, we remember that Richmond VA has landmarks of the Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War.  In fact, the Revolutionary War liberating the thirteen colonies from Great Britain's domain may not ever have happened were it not for events that took place here in Richmond.

Perhaps most noteworthy was Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, which occurred at St. John's Church on March 23, 1775.  At the Second Virginia Convention in March 1775, before his fellow delegates George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry's masterful argument summoned Americans toward independence.  The immortal final words "Give me liberty or give me death" not only spurred the colonies into the Revolutionary War but echoed throughout the following centuries for full equality for African Americans and women.

St. John's Church in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond offers tours inside the church daily that explore the ideas and events in Virginia that led to Patrick Henry's famous speech.  The speech itself is re-enacted weekly during the Summer, by professional actors in 1770's attire who portray ten of the Founding Fathers who participated in the animated convention debate that culminated in Patrick Henry's famous speech.

The church is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Speech re-enactments are performed most Sundays during the Summer, as well as for some holidays. A schedule of speech re-enactments can be found on the St. John's Church website.   For the speech performance, free tickets are distributed at 1:00 p.m., a patriotic organ program begins at 1:20 p.m., and the performance begins at 2:00 p.m.

Bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument is the perfect place to stay when visiting the many historical attractions Richmond VA has to offer.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument