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