Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer Re-Enactment Series at St. John's Church


One of Richmond's summer "must sees" is the re-enactment of the Second Virginia Convention that met in March 1775 at St. John's Church. St. John's Church is located at 2401 East Broad Street in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood. The re-enactment of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech features long term actors, many of whom have played various roles for severel years.

The re-enactment program started in 1975 in preparation for the nation's celebration of the bicentennial, and it now has become a tradition for incoming governors to attend a re-enactment before their inauguration! The music, introduction, and performance last less than an hour, and the event quickly gets to the heart of the debates, fears, and perceptions of  the day. A group of about 25 men rotate among nine "Virginia Patriots" of the day: Patrick Henry, Peyton Randolph, Richard Henry Lee, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Harrison among them. An audience member chosen from the early arrivals plays the nonspeaking role of the rector.

Doors open at 1:15 for the 1:30 performances on Sundays through August 31. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. To learn more, visit www.historicstjohnschurch.org. The historic St. John's Church averages about 40,000 visitors each year and is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

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