Monday morning we will begin at the site of Polegreen Church to hear the stories related to the greatest preacher of colonial Virginia and perhaps in all the history of the Old Dominion, Samuel Davies. In the midst of the greatest spiritual renewal in our history, Davies came to Hanover County with gospel preaching never before heard with such power and effect. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives were transformed and the growth of Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist Churches challenged then overtook the prelatical state church in succeeding generations.
Patrick Henry is generally considered the greatest political orator of the founding generation, and a man who learned at the feet of the great Davies. Father of seventeen children, delegate to the Continental Congress, and effective governor of the state in the War for Independence, Henry was the chief Virginia architect of rebellion and independence. A non-aristocratic, frontier family man, Henry drew his neighbors, friends and colony to independence from Britain with his powerful oratory and uncompromising leadership. His home, Scotchtown, reflects practicality, hospitality, and rustic camaraderie. Our visit to the home of the “Trumpet of the Revolution”, a true son of Scottish fortitude, will not soon be forgotten as we talk of Patrick Henry’s bold Christian witness, sacrificial service for independence, and fatherhood of seventeen children and where his first wife tragically died..
The Second Virginia Convention met at St. John’s Church in Richmond, the only venue which could accommodate the House of Burgesses, thus avoiding collision and resistance by the Royal Governor. We will sit in the very seats the representatives did when Patrick Henry made his powerful call of the colony to military preparation and resistance to British tyranny, closing with “Give me Liberty, or give me death!”