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Visitors Guide - Padding

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Road to Revolution

Follow Richmond Virginia's road to the American Revolution with this tour of some of the most important places in Patrick Henry's life.


  • Hanover Tavern - See what life on the road was like for George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Lord Cornwallis at this historic roadhouse, a stopover between Richmond and Washington, D.C. from 1791 until 1836. Allow 1 hour.
  • Hanover Courthouse - Take a tour of the second oldest, continuously used courthouse in the United States, the site of Patrick Henry's successful argument of the 1763 Parson's Cause Case. Allow 1 hour.
  • Scotchtown - See the home of Patrick Henry during his most active political years. Allow 1 hour.

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  • Virginia Capitol - Explore the second-oldest working capitol in the United States, as it was originally designed by Thomas Jefferson. The building and surrounding grounds feature statues of George Washington and other Revolutionary leaders. Allow 1 hour for tour; additional time for Capitol Square Grounds.
  • St. John's Church - Tour the oldest church in Richmond, built in 1741 and the site of the Second Virginia Convention and Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Relive this pivotal moment during a re-enactment of the convention each Sunday from Memorial Day-Labor Day. Allow 2 hours.

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Walk in the footsteps of Patrick Henry, one of the key figures in the American Revolution and a legendary son of Richmond celebrated for his rousing "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Start planning your trip now!

 Itinerary - Road to Revolution