Patrick Henry’s Birthplace Archaeological Site

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Documentary research has confirmed the oral tradition that this site in eastern Hanover County holds the remains of the 18th-century Studley farmhouse in which Revolutionary orator Patrick Henry was born in 1736. Scientific excavation of the Patrick Henry’s Birthplace Archaeological Site could yield new insights into the early life of the noted patriot, who lived here until he was fourteen. The plantation dwelling house also was occupied by burgess and magistrate John Syme, cartographer John Henry (Patrick Henry’s father), and by Judge Peter Lyon, a member of Virginia’s first court of appeals. The Patrick Henry’s Birthplace Archaeological Site is now owned by Preservation Virginia (formerly the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities) and is planned for development into a memorial park.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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