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Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, Brookneal

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Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, in Charlotte County, Virginia near the Town of Brookneal, honors Patrick Henry, the fiery legislator and orator of the American Revolution. Henry bought Red Hill Plantation at his retirement in 1794 and occupied it until 1799, the year of his death. In addition to the main house, Henry used another building as his law office. There were also dependencies and slave quarters on the working 520-acre tobacco plantation. The plantation was located on the Staunton River for transportation.Congress authorized the establishment of "Patrick Henry National Monument" on August 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 652) pending the acquisition of the property by the Secretary of the Interior. The purchase never occurred, and the enabling legislation was repealed on December 21, 1944 (58 Stat. 852).The site was taken over by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, which in the 1950s and 1960s restored Henry's law office and preserved his grave onsite. It also reconstructed his last home and several dependencies. A new museum was built to provide for interpretation of his life and place.Red Hill Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1978. The national memorial was authorized by the United States Congress on May 13, 1986. Owned by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill is operated as a house museum and is an affiliated area of the National Park Service, meaning that the Foundation can request certain assistance from the NPS in preserving and interpreting the site.
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  • Red Hill sits just beyond the small town of Brookneal, VA. This site is easily accessible and impeccably maintained. Many artifacts belonged to Patrick Henry and the volunteers have diligently located...  more »
  • We visited Red Hill after living in the area for quite some time. My three children ages 8, 12 and 14 loved exploring the grounds and seeing how life was like 200 years ago. The staff person was very ...  more »
  • It took a little driving to get there, but it was very interesting. His home in later life shows a rather spartan life style in beautiful setting. The museum and film are interesting, too. Worth the t...  more »
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  • Visit the beautiful estate and final resting place of Patrick Henry. Tour the buildings, watch the informative​ video, and see the items in the museum. Great weekend visit!
  • Beautiful setting. Friendly staff. Nice little museum and lots of information on one of America's Founders.
  • The views alone keep me coming back. The Osage Orange tree is a natural wonder. One of the better VA historic sites.
  • Never knew this place was here until I went along with my son on a school field trip. They had one of their living history days for the kids. Don't know how often they do this but it was great having the people in period dress demonstrating the activities. Sure, you expect this sort of thing in Colonial Williamsburg, but not out in the middle of nowhere. (no offense to the residents of the area, I too live near the middle of nowhere)
  • We have been twice. The second time for the 4th of July celebration.

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