St. John's Church

#9 in Best Things To Do in Richmond
St. John's Church picture
Richmond Region Tourism

Key Info

2401 E. Broad St.

Price & Hours

$8 for adults; $6 for kids 7-18
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sun 1-4 p.m.

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

And speaking of Sunday, you can also still attend church services at St. John's; they're usually held that day at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Afterward, the church is open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, tours are run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you'd really like to get a feel for the history this church witnessed, consider attending one of its public re-enactments, held annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Costumed actors re-enact the Second Virginia Convention and Henry’s famous speech. Recent visitors highly recommended attending a re-enactment, or at least paying to tour the church to learn more about the site's significance in American history. Though reviewers said there's not much to see inside the church, they said the guides provide a wealth of historical context and interesting information.

Admission prices range from $6 to $8, dependent on age; children younger than 7 can enter for free. Attending re-enactments won't cost you extra, but a $5 donation is suggested. St. John's Church is appropriately located in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, on East Broad Street. Visit its official website for more information.

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This Museum District standout is best known for its five gorgeous Fabergé eggs, but it also features works by Degas, Cézanne and Renoir, and large collections of African, Indian and Tibetan art. Recent visitors were especially impressed with the McGlothlin Collection of American Art. Reviewers said it's impossible to see everything in just one visit and recommend setting aside at least several hours to peruse. If you can, try visiting more than once during your Richmond trip. Aside from the amazing collections, travelers were also impressed with Amuse Restaurant, located on-site (often considered one of Richmond's best restaurants).

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