St. John's Church#10 in Best Things To Do in Richmond
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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.
And speaking of Sunday, you can also still attend church services at St. John's in the mornings. If you'd really like to get a feel for the history this church witnessed, consider attending one of its public reenactments. Costumed actors reenact the Second Virginia Convention and Henry’s famous speech. Alternatively, you can attend one of the graveyard tours to learn about the departed buried here. Recent visitors highly recommended attending a reenactment. 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 are $10 for a reenactment and $15 for a graveyard tour. Children younger than 7 can enjoy the reenactment for free, but must pay to attend a graveyard tour. 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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