St. John's Episcopal Church
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Most tourists don't visit St. John's for liturgical reasons, but rather historical ones. This was the Richmond church where in 1775 Patrick Henry famously pleaded to "Give me liberty or give me death!" And in the graveyard you'll find the final resting place of Elizabeth Arnold Poe (mother of Edgar Allan) and George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
According to a TripAdvisor traveler, St. John's historical tour "was informative and interesting. The grounds and church were immaculate. Both provide educational photo opportunities." For a Yelp.com user, St. John's Episcopal Church "is a fun and educational free thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon."
And speaking of Sunday, you can also still attend church services at St. John's; they're usually held that day at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Afterward the church is open for tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other days of the week the tours are run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission prices range from $5 to $7, dependent on age, and children under age seven can enter for free. St. John's Episcopal Church is appropriately located in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, on East Broad Street. Visit its official website for more information.