on the church grounds
2401 E. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23223
Please call ahead to confirm tour availability in the event of a church function or other programming.
Monday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
The last tour of the day is at 3:30pm.
Welcome to Historic St. John's Church.
We're glad you're here.
A year prior to drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson attended the Second Virginia Convention held inside St. John’s Church. Alongside George Washington, Richard Henry Lee and other important figures in the American Revolution, Jefferson listened as Patrick Henry gave his now-famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
There is perhaps no better place to get a taste of the revolutionary spirit that forever altered the course of the nation.
This speech ignited the American Revolution, making St. John’s a must-see landmark for anyone interested in the universal struggle for human rights. Henry’s words not only articulated the concept of liberty as an essential right — a philosophy drawn from the writings of Enlightenment scholars — and an ideal to which we still aspire — but also inspired support during a critical turning point in uniting the colonies against an increasingly hostile British rule.
Since 1938, St. John's Church Foundation has been charged with the preservation of St. John's Church, now a National Historic Landmark. Our Educational Programs, Special Events, Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and donations from visitors from all over the world support us in this goal.
We welcome you to visit Historic St. John's and learn where 'liberty found its voice'.
On October 21 St. John’s Church Foundation and the Poe Museum present Fancy Me Mad, our fall fundraising event honoring the spirits of the season, All Hallow’s Eve, as well as master storyteller, Edgar Allan Poe. Please join us for a ghostly Graveyard tour, followed by tales from Mr. Poe himself.
Fancy Me Mad offers more spirits, local beer, and local food at this annual fall fundraising event for Historic St. John's Church and the Poe Museum.
Author Jenny Cote will be at St. John's on SEPT 3rd to sign copies of her latest book.
Our beloved Liberty or Death DVD is back in stock and ready to ship!
Illustrator Laura Marr will be on hand to sell and sign her beautiful coloring book after the Reenactment on Sunday 8/27.
Lohmann: At Richmond's historic St. John's Church, 'every inch of this place has something to tell …’
Mark Holmburg of CBS News covers our Anniversary Liberty or Death Reenactment at St. John's Church.
This year Mr. Henry will deliver a portion of his speech on the main stage.
Watch our latest video with amazing drone footage from the top of Church Hill.
Liberty & Slavery