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Address: 16120 Chiswell Ln, Beaverdam, VA 23015-1726
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+1 804-227-3500
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Built around 1720, Scotchtown is architecturally unique, and the house is...

Built around 1720, 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!

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One of Patrick Henry's homes

Patrick Henry lived in several houses during the course of his noteworthy career. Scotchtown was one of them. Located at 16120 Chiswell Lane in Beaverdam, Virginia, 10 miles... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Patrick Henry lived in several houses during the course of his noteworthy career. Scotchtown was one of them. Located at 16120 Chiswell Lane in Beaverdam, Virginia, 10 miles northwest of Ashland on Virginia Highway 685, it is a plantation that was owned and used as a residence by Henry from 1771 to 1778. At 93 feet by 35 feet, the... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

A very historic home. Patrick Henry rode from this home to Richmond to give his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. There are a few pieces here that are original to Patrick Henry's family, most notably a chair and a cradle. Fabulous little tour, very relaxed and enjoyable - docent-led about 45 minutes and packed with loads... More 

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Beaverdam, Virginia
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Docents here are excellent and knowledgeable. The tour is just the right amount of time if you have younger children. Long enough but not too long. The home is lovely and don't forget to see the basement and the kitchen house. Vegetable garden is authentic. They have wonderful programs here throughout the year and the small gift shop has many... More 

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Beaverdam, Virginia
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Enjoyable small group. Informative tour out in the country--sometimes there are re-enactments! A movie is shown first in a separate building from Patrick Henry's house. Whole tour is about an hour.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

This plantation is easily accessible from I-95 and worth the detour if you're on your way somewhere else. If you go, I hope you have Susan as your tour guide because she was wonderful! There are a few things there that actually belonged to Patrick Henry -- think of how long ago it was that he and his family lived... More 

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were prompted to visit after hearing a dialogue in Williamsburg between Henry and George Washington--excellent actors BTW--and we had not visited Scotchtown in 15 years. A museum room has been added to one side, full of interesting things. Also we toured the cellar where Henry's poor wife was kept after she went crazy. Lots of surprises here, some fine... More 

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Harvest, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

My husband and I were doing our Back Roads Roadtrip and stumbled upon Scotchtown! It was listed on my large Rand McNally map, but didn't show up on my GPS. We found it by just driving down Scotchtown Road we found on the map! What a gem! We were surprised at the size of the home as well as the... More 

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Beautifully situated and well-preserved. Self-guided outside tour by cell phone, guided inside tour by knowledgeable docents.

Placerville, California
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Scotchtown, Beaverdam, VA (Home of Patrick Henry) Is a step back into history. The homestead looks much as it did when Patrick Henry lived there. There is a cell phone walking tour of the property, which is open March thru November.

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Reviewed 30 June 2016

The day we visited it was pouring rain. There was a surprised look on the guides face when we knocked on the door. She said we were brave to come out on such a terrible day. I didn't have the heart to tell her we were passing rain or no rain. We had a very informative tour of a typical... More 

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