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"Sir, We Are Not Weak" - Women of the Patrick Henry Household

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Randolph-Macon College

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Ashland, VA 23005

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Celebrate Women's History Month with Preservation Virginia and the Randolph-Macon College History Department. We are hosting "Sir, We Are Not Weak - Women of the Patrick Henry Household," a panel discussion on the women in Patrick Henry's life during his residence at Scotchtown on March 23 in the SunTrust Theater at Randolph-Macon College. March 23 also marks the 244th anniversary of Henry's famous "Liberty or Death" speech.

The panel discussion will begin at 10:00 a.m. and feature:

  • Mark Couvillon, who has spent over 30 years studying the life of Patrick Henry. He is the author of "Patrick Henry's Virginia" and "The Demosthenes of His Age." Couvillon is currently writing a book on the women in Henry's life.

  • Jon Kukla, an American historian, former director of Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial and author of "Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty."

  • Gretchen Pendleton, curator of the newly furnished bedchamber at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown. Pendleton previously served as a curator at Stratford Hall and George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Following the panel discussion, a meet and greet will be held with panelists at 11:30 a.m. Mark and Jon will be available to sign copies of their books during this time. Bring your copy!

Curator Tour at Scotchtown

Gretchen Pendleton will host a special curator tour of the newly furnished bedchamber at Scotchtown at 1:00 p.m. Location: 16120 Chiswell Lane, Beaverdam, Virginia 23015

Background

When Patrick and Sarah Henry moved into Scotchtown, it was thought that Sarah would take on the responsibilities of managing the plantation. Unfortunately, after the birth of their last child together, Sarah became increasingly ill. During her illness, many Henry women stepped up to manage the home. Patrick's mother and eldest daughter and his infant grandchild moved in. After Sarah's passing, Patrick's sister came to manage the household. Throughout it all, the enslaved housekeepers kept the estate running. These women, did far more than manage Scotchtown. They each have remarkable stories. The newly furnished bedchamber at Scotchtown reflects their roles and responsibilities during the tumultuous time that Patrick Henry lived in the home.

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  • Preservation Virginia Members: $10, non-members: $20 (all memberships will be verified)

  • Randolph-Macon College students, faculty and staff: Free

This event was made possible with support from the Hopkins Family Foundation.

Photos and/or video may be taken during the event. By registering, you grant Preservation Virginia permission to use photographs and/or video of you for marketing purposes.

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