The Inn at Patrick Henry’s(shared property with Pub & Grille) is conveniently located in the heart of historic Church Hill and a short walk to downtown attractions. Your next walk or adventure is just around the corner. Below are local eateries, museums, parks and attractions that are either walking distance or a short car ride.
We are also short drives to Monticello, Mount Vernon and the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown), along with local wineries and breweries. Contact us to help plan your travels!
Museums, Historical Sites, Parks, Entertainment and Outdoor Adventures
American Civil War Museum (includes information to Tredegar Iron Works, The Museum of the Confederacy and the Confederate White House)
Chimborazo Hospital (includes Richmond National Battlefield Park and Medical Museum)
Richmond CenterStage (includes Altria Theater and Richmond CenterStage, formerly Carpenter's Theater)
Riverfront Canal Walk & Attractions (includes Brown’s Island, Canal Cruises & Exhibits, Canal Walk, Civil War Centers at Historic Tredegar, Main Street Station, Triple Crossing, Turning Basin, Virginia Holocaust Museum and Virginia War Memorial)
Riverside Outfitters (Raft, Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard - Canal outpost and Forest Ave exits)
We moved to Richmond after years of searching for the right bed and breakfast to start our innkeeping career. We have a combined 20 years of customer service, culinary, hostel and inn management, agriculture and event directing background. Feeding people has always been a passion, and preparing a local, organic healthful meal is always an option for breakfast. Helena has been fortunate to live and work around the lower 48 and other countries through the Pacific and Central Americas. She is also the 10th child out of 15 – hard work and feeding people developed at a young age cooking with her mother, Joyce. With her love of traveling (has beach, will travel), the outdoors, cooking, exploring other cultures and being a bed & breakfast connoisseur herself - becoming an innkeeper was a natural fit. We do have part-time jobs and will help you along the way as we are able.
Our desire is to create a memorable, clean and comfortable experience for each guest in a very special antebellum inn, pub and restaurant. The guest can choose to relax in their own room, or explore this great walkable neighborhood of historical sites and attractions. The neighborhood charm & architecture will take you back in time. We hope you feel the same way.
The Inn at Patrick Henry’s (shared property with a separately owned & operated Pub and Grille), built in 1850, stands on the northeast corner of 2300 East Broad Street at North 23rd Street in the historic Church Hill downtown neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, USA. This antebellum inn shares the property and some common spaces with Patrick Henry’s Pub & Grille - a casual & comfortable restaurant and English pub, and a garden patio. We are a newly restored urban inn with a neighborhood feel. The locally owned & operated businesses, along with the beautiful pre-Civil War architecture and rich history are just a few things that have brought many to historic Church Hill. The inn is one block to St. John’s Church - the location of Patrick Henry’s most famous speech “Give me liberty, or give me death”. We are walking distance or a few minute drive to historic parks, war hospitals and battlefields, local coffee shops, museums, local eateries, craft breweries, panoramic views, downtown Richmond, The Canal Walk and Capital Bike Trail - bike to Williamsburg and back!, The General Assembly, the 17th Street Farmers Market, art galleries, The General Assembly and much more. The inn is 2 miles to Virginia Commonwealth University, a mile from the Medical College of Virginia, and all downtown attractions. See our Local Attractions section below for travel tips. This antebellum row inn and tavern holds modern amenities, new furniture, new beds, Wi-Fi and new innkeepers. The private garden courtyard and surroundings also make this location ideal for meetings, weddings, work parties or celebrations of any kind!!!
Prior to the English rule, the Powhatan Confederacy lived & flourished in the central area for thousands of years. The area was called Tsecommacah, led by Chief Powhatan.
Why is this a historical property? For two reasons. First being that on April 20, 1687 this was part of a 965 acre gift given to William Byrd I, the man who named Richmond looking out at Libbie Hill Park a few blocks away. The second reason is the 2nd owner of the home - John W. Fergusson was the head money printer for the Confederacy and part of the US Treasury and oldest Odd Fellow of Virginia. Mr. Fergusson also gave Edgar Allan Poe one of his first jobs at the Southern Literary Messenger.
Who built the property? The Inn was built in the early 1800's by William Catlin, is a 4-story Greek Revival brick town home which is a classic representation of Richmond’s architecture and influences during pre-Civil War times. The inn holds one of the two surviving antebellum gabbled slate roofs. The single dormer, simple cornice, heavy lintels, Doric porch, and stone steps with plinths are all hallmarks of the style. The 4-story annex and restaurant at 2302 E Broad were built in 1879. The property was soon purchased by Mr. John Wesley Fergusson, and deemed the name The Fergusson Home. Fergusson was a prominent business man, and is said to be the oldest Odd Fellow of Virginia. He was the head government printer for the Confederacy, and was personally acquainted with Edgar Allan Poe.
The Inn at Patrick Henry’s has been a welcoming and desired destination to stay since its arrival in 1850. We are honored to keep the history preserved and have a special duty to share that with our guests. Whether you are a busy business traveler, a historic enthusiast, with the General Assembly, want to visit family & friends at VCU, MCV, or U of R, or explore the cobble-stoned streets with gas street lamps, panoramic city and country side views of the James River – we are ready for you!
Click here for our Visitor's Guide to a walking map of Church Hill to find over 50 eateries, coffee houses, museums, parks, services and more! CHPN.NET/VISIT