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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 The purchase never occurred, and the enabling legislation was repealed on December 21, 1944 (58 Stat. 852).The site was taken over by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, which in the 1950s and 1960s restored Henry's law office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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  • This historical site is well off the beaten track! But you are interested in the story of American independence it is well worth your time. The Visitors Center and Museum alone are worth the trip sinc...  more »
  • I have been coming here on field trips as a child and to the fireworks every 4th of July. We enjoy our time here.  more »
  • Drive down rural roads in the autumn to the resting place of Patrick Henry and learn about one of our early leaders and first governor of Virginia. This location has a internal museum and video that i...  more »
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  • Beautiful landscaping, nice buildings, and a friendly staff. Call ahead to see when the blacksmith is working. Check out the Osage orange tree too!
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  • Very educational. A little challenging to find. Just keep your eyes open for the nice looking signs.