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Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown

ca. 1719
16120 Chiswell Lane, Beaverdam, VA 23015

Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

It was here at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown that Henry conceived his most influential revolutionary ideas. Scotchtown is the only original standing home of the patriot and orator of the American Revolution; Patrick Henry lived here from 1771-1778. It was at Scotchtown that he formulated the ideas of his famous “Liberty or Death” speech and it was from the house that he rode to St. John’s Church in Richmond on March 23, 1775 to deliver it.

Built around 1720 by Charles Chiswell, Scotchtown is architecturally unique, and the house is surrounded by reproduction outbuildings and gardens. Since being acquired by Preservation Virginia in 1958, the house has been restored to its appearance during Patrick Henry’s life and is open for tours seasonally.

Experience our dialogue based tour exploring Henry’s ideals of “Liberty, Human Rights and Revolution.” Also, explore the grounds, listen to a cell phone tour, enjoy a birding trail, shop in the museum store, eat lunch under our pavilion or participate in one of the site’s many hands-on classes and special events. Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is also available for private rental. Visit our weddings section for more information about site rentals for reunions, festivals and feasts, photo shoots, TV/film shoots and of course, your special day!

Since the beginning of 2014, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown has updated our tour, furnishings plan and tour route. With more of a focus placed on Patrick Henry’s life and legacy, visitors can expect to experience a dialogue based tour that discusses topics such as “Liberty”, “Human Rights” and “Revolution”. 

Visitor Information


Hours: March 3, 2017 through December 2017

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Or by Appointment 

Closed Monday - Thursday


Preservation Virginia Members: Free (Become a Member)
General Admission: $10
AAA Members, Military and Senior Citizens (60+):  $9
Students: $7
Children Under 6: Free
Group Tours:

Friday through Sunday groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $7.00 per adult and $6.00 per youth. Monday through Thursday general tours for up to twelve people are $100 per hour, and any additional visitors increase the price in intervals: 1-12 visitors: $100, 13-25 visitors: $200, and so on. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.


Site Event Rental: 

Pavilion Rental: $50 per hour. Open House Tours: $100 per hour (during hours not regularly opened to the public). Grounds Rental: $50 per hour. Meeting Space Rental: $100 per hour. Interior Rental: $200 per hour (during hours not regularly opened to the public). To utilize the interior of Scotchtown exclusively for your event during regularly open hours, an additional fee of $200 per hour will be charged. 

Additional Information

Scotchtown is located 11 miles northwest of Ashland off of Route 54.


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