Since 1976, St. John’s Church Foundation has presented historical reenactments at the original location of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775. Professional actors in 1770s attire portray ten delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. The delegates engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which lead up to Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me liberty or give me death!‚Äù speech.

FAQ for Public Reenactments

  • Historic St. John’s Church welcomes all visitors.
  • We are fully wheel chair accessible. We offer handicapped parking on 24th street, directly in front of the elevator, which leads to the church grounds.
  • Street parking is available.
  • Seating is first come, first served. Seat saving will not be permitted. The entire party must be present before seating will take place.
  • Doors close once the church reaches capacity or when the reenactment begins. No admittance after the reenactment begins.
  • This reenactment is not recommended for children under the age of 6. We ask that parents escort restless children outside so that the audience is not disturbed. Your cooperation is appreciated.
  • No still or video photography is permitted during the reenactment. Actors will be available on the grounds for photos after the reenactment.
  • No food, beverages, gum or backpacks are permitted in the church. Bags are subject to search.
  • This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00.
  • You may reserve seats (up to 100) by purchasing advance $5 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Please print out your ticket receipt and bring with you.

Annual Schedule

Reenactment“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Anniversary Reenactment

Patrick Henry’s famous speech to the Second Virginia Convention took place on March 23, 1775. Each year on a weekend day closest to March 23, we honor Henry’s famous speech with the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Anniversary Reenactment.

  • This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00.
  • Reserved seats are available for purchase on Brown Paper Tickets for a fee of $5 per person (up to 100 reserved seats).
  • We suggest calling the Visitor Center or checking the website for the event date!

2015 Summer Reenactment Series
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we offer Public Reenactments of the Second Virginia Convention and Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech. Each Summer Sunday afternoon (and even some Saturdays) between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, we offer first-come, first served seating to the public to attend the Reenactment. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

NEW THIS YEAR: We offer pre-paid reserved seats for $5 a piece on Brown Paper Tickets.

For the dates and times of ALL of our summer Public Reenactments, please visit our Events Page.

Sunday, May 24 –
Sunday, May 31 –

Sunday, June 7 –
Sunday, June 14 –
Sunday, June 21 –
Sunday, June 28 –

Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day Morning Reenactment 11:00 AM
Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day Afternoon Reenactment 1:15 PM
Sunday, July 5 –
Sunday, July 12 –
Sunday, July 19 –
Sunday, July 26 –

Sunday, August 2 –
Saturday, August 8 –
Sunday, August 9 –
Saturday, August 15 –
Sunday, August 16 –
Saturday, August 22 –
Sunday, August 23 –
Saturday, August 29 –
Sunday, August 30 –

Sunday, September 6 –


For all summer reenactments:

(excluding the morning Independence Day reenactment)

1:15 pm — Doors open. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

1:30 pm — Music program
1:45 pm — Reenactment begins

This event is also FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 100 reserved seats.

The summer reenactment series is sponsored in part by



Veteran's Day
Special Reenactment Events
Throughout the year, the St. John’s Church foundation may schedule additional “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” reenactments, such as our Veteran’s Day event to commemorate all who have served our country since the American Revolution. Please check the Events Page for more information about these additional reenactments.


Private Reenactments

Groups may arrange for a private reenactment inside historic St. John’s Church. Performances are 45 minutes in length. Seating capacity is 325. Call our Visitor Center at 804-648-5015 or send us an email for more information. Program Reservation Form

Private Reenactment fees: $800.00; School rate: $750.00

Note: Private reenactments scheduled to be held outside of normal business hours will be charged an additional fee. For private reenactments held between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. $50 will be added. For private reenactments held before 10:00 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m. an additional fee of $100 will be added.

No food, drinks, chewing gum or backpacks are allowed in the church. Thank you for your cooperation.

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The St. John’s Church Foundation is grateful for our sponsors. Please click on the links below for a list of sponsors of these great programs and activities:

“A Governors’ Conversation”

“Give Me History!” Title I Program

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Richmond, VA 23223

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Sunday: 1-4 pm


Street parking is available

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