Resources for Teachers
Education lies at the heart of our mission here at Red Hill, which is why we want to do everything we can to help teachers and students along their path to learning about Patrick Henry.
We want to provide assistance to teachers both in our nearby communities and also further afield across the States. Patrick Henry’s role as the Voice of the American Revolution makes him a vital part of our country’s history, one that students in every state should have the chance to learn about.
For schools and teachers near Red Hill, we invite you to plan a class trip with your students to experience first-hand a place where Henry really walked and worked. If you are interested in bringing your class or school group to Red Hill, click here (link to School tour page) to learn more about the kind of field trip we can offer to your students!
For our educators who are not close enough to Red Hill for a day trip, we still have lots of resources about Patrick Henry we can offer to help you in your lesson planning! Below you can find several helpful PDF files of teaching resources and worksheets for your younger students.
You can also take your class on a virtual tour of Red Hill from your very own classroom here.
For older students, we have an extensive library cataloguing Patrick Henry’s writings, which is a useful tool for research at any level of academic writing. Visit our library website here.
Online Education Course
Patrick Henry: Forgotten Founder
Patrick Henry's Red Hill has entered the world of Higher Education. Through partnering with The University of Virginia and UVA Lifetime Learning, a MOOC course, named Patrick Henry: Forgotten Founder, has been created for any person, across the glove to participate in. For those new to online education, a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. This course allows for thousands of students to enroll, discuss course concepts with each other, and complete graded coursework at their own pace for certification. This class launched on June 12, 2017, and has seen thousands of people successfully complete the course.
John Ragosta, a Patrick Henry scholar and Fellow with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities will be teaching this beginner level, 5-week long class. He is also author of "Patrick Henry Proclaiming a Revolution" (sold in our gift shop). According to the course description, "This course will explore how he (Patrick Henry) overcame challenges to reach the pinnacle of Virginia politics and unite Americans behind a challenge to Britain - the eighteenth century's super-power, why he opposed the U.S. Constitution, and why he then came out of retirement to defend the people's Constitution against the attacks of Jefferson and Madison."
Enrollment is completely free to have access to all content each week. There is also the option of certification for those who would like proof of completion. The cost of this is only $49 (financial aid is available to those who qualify), and allows up to 180 days for course completion. Enrollment for this class is rolling, so you can begin the class at the next available start date. For more information, please visit www.coursera.org/learn/henry.
Plan a School Tour
Bringing your students to Red Hill is a great way to bring history to life as they are learning about Patrick Henry, the Revolution, or even just Colonial times in America.
There are several different options for the kind of tour and activities your school group can experience while here on the Red Hill grounds, and we are able to arrange and accommodate tours for groups of any size and age level.
The best way to plan a visit for your whole class, school, or grade level is to contact us at the number below at least two weeks in advance to discuss options and plan your trip.
If you are an individual or family with a home school group, you may want to check out our special Homeschool Days event, which takes place each fall.
This is a great time to join with other homeschoolers to engage with history in a hands-on environment.
One thing that can make your Red Hill trip especially memorable is to participate in our Living History experience stations. If you would like to take part in these learning experiences with your class, let us know in your trip request so that we can work on incorporating that into your visit.
You can arrange a tour for your school, class, or group at any time by getting in contact with us at (434) 376-2044, or by contacting us here.
Resources for Students
Whether you are planning a lesson about Patrick Henry or are a student yourself, one of our main goals here at Red Hill is to provide educational materials about the life and times of this great patriot. We have lots of resources to help students of all ages learn more about Patrick Henry and the world he lived in—from his role in the Revolution to the lifestyle of an 18th century colonial patriot, this website can help provide you with historical background and information.
Resources for Students If you are studying Patrick Henry, looking for information on an assignment, writing a paper, or just looking for some extra help in your history class, we want to help you find the information you are looking for!
Throughout this website you can find lots of helpful information about Patrick Henry’s life—the man himself, the time he lived in, the Revolution, and more.
For information about Patrick Henry’s life and times, you can visit this section of our website. There you’ll find the story of his life and legacy starting at his birth, all the way to now.
One of the best resources we can offer as you research Mr. Henry is to be able to read his own words through transcripts of his speeches, his letters, and other writings. Our online database of Henry’s words is the best place to find primary sources about the man who came to be known as the Voice of the American Revolution. Visit our library website here.
If you have a question about Henry that you can’t find here, please feel free to contact us. One of our helpful historians will do their best to find your answer!