Scotchtown's 300th Anniversary!

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown turns 300 this year! With special programs and events planned throughout 2020, this is the perfect year to plan your visit. On May 30th, we’re hosting a 300th anniversary festival in partnership with Hanover County’s 300th anniversary. Check out our events calendar to learn more.


Scotchtown is the only original standing home of Patrick Henry, patriot and orator of the American Revolution, open to the public. Henry lived here from 1771 to 1778 and conceived his most influential revolutionary ideas at the home, including his famous “Liberty or Death” speech.

Built around 1720 by Charles Chiswell, Scotchtown is architecturally unique. It features eight large rooms and a central passage below a large, undivided attic. The house is surrounded by reproduction outbuildings and gardens.

Scotchtown was acquired by Preservation Virginia in 1958 and restored to its appearance during Patrick Henry’s life.


For the health and safety of our guests, we’re taking the following precautions as part of re-opening:

Our pledge to you–

  • We will continuously clean bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and other highly touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day with a deep clean at the close of business.

  • All of our staff will wear masks and will be trained on appropriate cleaning, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • All of our staff will maintain physical distancing (6 feet) while conducting tours and collecting admissions. Where possible, we have placed reminders to help you maintain that distance.

  • Each day, all Preservation Virginia staff members will be required to pass a wellness check. Anyone that is sick or exhibiting systems will not be allowed to work that day.

  • Hand sanitizer will be located throughout the building for guest and staff use.

  • We will limit the size of groups to maintain physical distancing on interior tours.  Tour limits are as follows:

    • For Smith’s Fort and John Marshall House–groups are limited to six (6) people

    • For Bacon’s Castle and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, groups are limited to eight (8) people

  • Wherever possible doors will remain open to alleviate the necessity of touching.

  • Our guidelines do not supersede any directives issued by government entities and will be continuously evaluated and amended as we receive further guidance from the CDC and other agencies.

Your pledge to us–

  • You will practice the Virginia mandated physical distancing guidelines that have been put into place to protect you, our staff and other guests.  This includes maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing masks are required for interior access, including the museum shop, shuttles and restroom facilities and are recommended outdoors.

  • If you have underlying health concerns and are not able to wear a mask, please contact our sites to learn of special visiting hours specifically for you and your family.

  • You will register for tours online and in advance and use “no touch payment” when possible.

  • You will refrain from bringing food, water or other items on to the site. If you do, please “leave no trace” and take your trash with you to help protect others from possible exposure to infection.

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, feel sick or have a fever, please stay home, and we look forward to seeing you when you are well.


16120 Chiswell Lane,
Beaverdam, Virginia 23015


Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is now open Friday through Sunday for interior tours. You must select your tour time and purchase tickets online before arriving at the site. The grounds are also available for self-guided exterior tours. Social distancing must be maintained and masks are required for interior tours.

Preservation Virginia Members can call ahead to book their tours for free, a benefit of membership! Contact 804.227.3500.

Scotchtown is typically open March through December

Fri and Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Explore the life and legacy of Patrick Henry, patriot and orator of the American Revolution.

Plan your visit

Guided Tours

In a 45-minute tour guided by our trained interpreters, you’ll learn about the life and legacy of Patrick Henry. Engage with fellow visitors and discuss Henry’s ideals of liberty, human rights and revolution, and the ways those ideas influence us today.

In addition to our regular museum tour, we offer our special “Patrick Henry: Champion of Religious Freedom,” tour Sundays at 2:00 p.m. During the tour, guests learn about Henry’s journey as a defender of religious freedom in Colonial America.

[Guided Interior Tours Return July, 2020]

Self-Guided Exhibits

Walk through our two-room exhibit that showcases Henry’s legacy and then stroll the grounds and outbuildings. Meet our sheep, Lady Flufferface, Winston, Studley and Charles “Charlie” Chiswell.

Cell Phone Tour

Tour the grounds even when we’re closed with a guided cell phone tour.

Covered Pavilion

Pack a lunch and eat under our covered pavilion. We have 12 picnic tables that seat up to 50 people. Recharge your phone while you eat; electrical outlets are available.

Hours & Directions

Beginning on June 12th, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown will open Friday through Sunday for self-guided exterior tours. No reservations are required to participate in the grounds tour, though social distancing must be maintained and masks are recommended. Admission to the grounds will be $5 per person or $10 per car.

We will be offering a limited number of guided exterior walking tours. $10 for adults, $9 discounted admission (AAA), $8 for children and students. Call ahead to our Museum Shop at 804.227.3500 to check the availability of these tours.

March 1 through December 29

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m

Scotchtown Historical Craft Workshops

Learn a New Historical Craft all Year Long

This year, we are offering a series of six workshops for adults that will vary from hearth cooking to textiles, paper and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece or new skill! Workshops can be purchased as a bundle by April 20 or individually throughout the year.

Learn more



Preservation MembersFree (Become a member)
General Admission$10
AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount$9
Children under 6Free


Buy a Block Ticket to visit Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and the John Marshall House for one special price, $14.

Call ahead and reserve a special discounted rate for groups of ten or more. Group tours are available by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.


For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about SCOTCHTOWN

Tours & Site Rental

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is a beautifully restored 18th century plantation home located just north of Ashland, Virginia and 25 minutes from Richmond. Make your event truly special with Scotchtown’s unique blend of colonial Virginia architecture, history and beautiful natural surroundings.

Site Rental & Special Events

Meeting Space: Rent our Community Center, with space for up to 25 for your small group meetings and events.

Special Events: Reserve space in our outdoor covered
pavilion or rent our grounds for your special occasion!

Group Tour Bookings

Group tours are available by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.


For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about SCOTCHTOWN

Patrick Henry's Scotchtown is a partner of the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration

AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today, including the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans to English North America and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers.