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henry's tomb

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm - Patrick Henry's 282nd Birthday

The Patrick Henry National Memorial will celebrate Patrick Henry's 283rd birthday on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Come out to Red Hill and enjoy a piece of complimentary birthday cake while you tour the property. There will also be a Naturalization Ceremony beginning at 11:00am. Admission is complimentary.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm - Naturalization Ceremony

The Patrick Henry National Memorial will host its annual Naturalization Ceremony on the beautiful grounds of Red Hill, Henry’s last home and burial place, overlooking the Staunton River valley. A more fitting venue than the home of Patrick Henry would be hard to find for welcoming new citizens to the United States. It was Henry’s impassioned plea of “Give me liberty or give me death!” that has endured as the world’s most famous cry for freedom. That cry and the events it inspired attract immigrants and refugees alike who believe in the freedoms on which our nation was formed.

Citizen applicants earn the right to become U. S. citizens by meeting several requirements, one of which is to pass a test demonstrating the applicant’s ability to read, write, and speak basic English. Applicants must also show that they have a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government. Among the many questions individuals have been given to study has been, “Who declared, ‘Give me liberty or give me death!’?”

The final step in the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, the Naturalization Ceremony welcomes citizens to celebrate their new status in the country. Approximately thirty individuals will be sworn in by officials of the U.S. District Court - Western District of Virginia.

Prior to the oath ceremony, docents will be available in Patrick Henry’s house and law office to provide information about Henry’s life at Red Hill in the 1790s starting at 9:00 a.m. Eighteenth century interpreters will demonstrate blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, and will be in the historic buildings. Seating begins at 10:15 and visitors are invited to stay following the ceremony for a reception hosted by the Patrick Henry Auxiliary and Brookneal Woman’s Club. The Red Hill Chapter of the NSDAR will provide breakfast for the citizen applicants and their families.  There will also be birthday cake as we celebrate Patrick Henry's 282nd birthday!

There is no admission fee for this event.

independence day

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm - Independence Day Celebration

Would you like to experience Independence Day on the same ground as America's first patriot? Come spend this Fourth of July at the garden spot of the world, Patrick Henry's Red Hill! Events begin at 3:00PM with fireworks at dusk and the gate closing at 9:00PM. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to comfortably watch Patrick Henry give his speech at 7:00 and to watch the fantastic fireworks display at 9:15. You might also want to bring a flashlight to aide you after dark. Please do NOT bring any alcohol, personal fireworks (including sparklers), grills, or pets; for safety reasons, all these are prohibited. There will be no re-entry after 5:00PM! Patrick Henry's Red Hill, America's first patriot's home and burial site is the perfect place to celebrate being an American! Step back in time with us and help us celebrate Independence Day this July 4th!

Home Educator

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, September 27, 2019 - 2:00pm - Home Educators' Living History Days for Children

There will be TWO days of Living History: Thursday, September 26, 2019, and Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:30am until 2:00pm each day. 

Advance R​egistration Required for this Event

Registration is now open! Please contact us to register. There is a limited number of spaces.

Join us for our Annual Home Educators' Living History Days for children. The program is geared for children ages 8 to 10 years old, although children younger and older benefit and can participate in the hands-on experience of 18th century life.

Programs rotate among spinning and weaving,blacksmithing, pottery, Colonial medicine, basket making, tin punching, and rope making. Groups may register by providing the number and ages of children, as well as the number of adults in attendance.

Home Educator groups are welcome, but please have one person responsible for registering the group!

Children's author Jenny L. Cote will also be here for a creative writing workshop both days! There is no extra charge for this amazing experience. For more information on Jenny, visit her website at

Check out more information on our programs for children here!

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to Friday, September 27, 2019 - 3:00pm - Creative Writing Workshop by Jenny cote

Children's author Jenny L. Cote will be here for a creative writing workshop on Thursday, September 26, and Friday, September 27, 2019. There is no extra charge to Home Educators for this amazing experience. This year's theme is PLOT. For more information on Jenny, visit her website at


Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm - Ninth Annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival

Join us Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm for our Ninth Annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Patrick Henry's Red Hill.

The Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival is all about embracing the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia at the home of Virginia's Passionate Patriot & Fiery Fiddler!

This festival combines a LOVE of history with a LOVE of music, barbecue and Virginia craft beer and cider! The Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival brings together the lifestyle of yester year with modern leisurely activities. Our intention is for the revelers to fall in love with Southern Virginia and all of the history, culture, food, beer and music it has to offer.

Stroll the beautiful grounds of Red Hill while enjoying the live music. Delicious local barbecue will be available from local restaurants. Shop with artisan and craft vendors! Self-guided tours of Patrick Henry’s home, law office and other historical buildings will be offered throughout the day and is included in your ticket! Also guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating to watch the bands!

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out our festival website at


Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Christmas Open House

The annual Christmas Open House at Red Hill will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Patrick Henry Auxiliary sponsors this event and cordially invites the public to attend; admission is complimentary, but donations would be appreciated.

Guests will be treated to docent-guided tours of the historic buildings at Red Hill, including Patrick Henry’s house, Law Office, and other buildings, all decorated for the holiday by the Red Hill Garden Club. Complimentary hot mulled cider, Brunswick stew prepared by the Charlotte Lions Club and homemade cookies will be available throughout the afternoon. The gift shop will be offering a 10% discount on its regular shop merchandise on this special day. The Museum Shop has many items that are perfect for gift-giving, including the award-winning Red Hill Wine collection.

The annual sale of boxwood wreaths and boxwood kissing balls, with proceeds benefiting the Patrick Henry Auxiliary, will begin in mid-November. Reserved wreaths and kissing balls will be available around the end of November and at the Christmas Open House as supplies last. These wreaths cost only $30 each and kissing balls $10 each and both are handmade using locally grown boxwood. Call 434-376-2044 to reserve your wreath or kissing ball today as only a limited supply is available.