On Sunday, June 25, 2017, HCHS members and guests convened at Fork Church
in Doswell, where they were regaled by Patrick Henry
, as portrayed by John Tucker, III
of the Parsons' Cause Foundation
The event began with words from Society President Faye Wade
, Society Vice President Arthur H. Taylor, III
, Fork Church's Reverend Nik Forti
and church historian Alastair McDonald
. The present Fork Church was built in 1735 to replace a chapel on the same site that dated from 1722. Please click here
to read all about this fascinating church's history.
Patrick Henry's stirring oration transported his audience to 1793, and focused on his time in Hanover County, his participation in the Parsons' Cause
case that was heard at the historic Hanover County Courthouse
in 1763, and his famous Give me liberty, or give me death!
speech at the Second Virginia Convention, held at St. John's Church
in Richmond in 1775.