Beaverdam, Virginia

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown – The Residence Where His First Wife Passed Away And The Girlhood Home Of Former First Lady Dolly Madison

In 1719, Scotchtown was built and soon became the girlhood home of future First Lady Dolly Madison. American patriot Patrick Henry moved his wife Sara and his children into Scotchtown in 1771, four years before the start of the American Revolution. In 1775, Sara Henry would pass away inside of that home and Patrick Henry gave his famous, “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech, at the Saint John’s Church, during his time living at that residence.

To the left is a desk that Patrick Henry used while he was serving as the first non-colonial governor of Virginia.