St. John’s Church Foundation
Richmond, VA

Our field trips and educational programs bring history to life.

Throughout the year, St. John’s Church Foundation conducts educational programming in support of the Virginia Standards of Learning for Virginia Studies. The historic St. John’s Church building powerfully engages students and adults by placing them in the very place where our forebears—including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington— discussed the issues and enacted the deeds that led to the founding of America.

School Tours
Costumed interpreters lead a discussion of the events in Virginia that led to the American Revolution and the vigorous debates of the Second Virginia Convention, during which Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.

Historical Reenactments
Professional actors in 1770s attire portray ten delegates, including such prominent Virginians as Richard Henry Lee, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Your students will witness the democratic process at work through the animated convention debates that culminated in Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.

Graveyard Scavenger Hunt
St. John’s Church’s graveyard is the final resting place of many people prominent in Virginia and Richmond’s history. The scavenger hunt will introduce students to many important historical figures, including the following: – George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence – Elizabeth Arnold Poe, Edgar Allan Poe’s birth mother – Edward Carrington, an important Revolutionary War figure – John Page, governor of Virginia – John Enders, a prominent tobacco businessman.

Contact the Visitor Center at 804-648-5015 to book your tour.

St. John's Church Foundation: Our Impact, Your Support

Why should you contribute to our annual fund? Help support our mission which is to ensure the historic preservation of St.John’s Church, a National Historic Landmark in recognition as the original location of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, and to provide educational programs, tours and reenactments. Historic St. John's Church serves as a critical link to the past and as a teaching tool - symbolizing the uniquely American model of freedom, independence and the fierce protection of individual rights and liberties.

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