Welcome to Historic Polegreen Church

Experience the peace of Historic Polegreen Church, a beautiful open-air church. Feel the breeze and the sunlight welcome you as you enjoy the story of Rev. Samuel Davies and how he started Historic Polegreen Church, one of America's first non-Anglican churches. You'll feel his story come to life as you stand where he stood to preach sermons to members of his congregation, including Patrick Henry.

The Church lies just 15 minutes outside of Richmond, in Hanover County—a quaint, rural suburb. The Church site features a Visitor's Center tucked away in the woods and rolling, grassy, greens, perfecting for picnicking or simply just to enjoy the Church's viewshed.

News & Announcements

The Historic Polegreen Church Foundation would like to invite you for a special tour given by one of our Board Members, Tommy Nance. This 4-5 hour driving tour will take you around Hanover County, VA, and will highlight America’s Forerunners, the Rev. Samuel Davies and Patrick Henry, as well as historical places throughout the county. The tour is $10.00 per person and includes Rev. Nance’s booklet, “America’s Forerunner”, a condensed biography of Rev. Samuel Davies. The tour concludes at Hanover Tavern where you may purchase your lunch.

Please contact the Historic Polegreen Church Foundation for more information or to schedule a tour. Email: admin@historicpolegreenchurch.org  Phone: (804) 730-3837 (office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9–3)

Tommy Nance’s condensed biography, “America’s Forerunner,” can be purchased online.

Historic Polegreen Church has completed their 2023-2027 Strategic Five-Year Plan that continues to build upon the mission to interpret, preserve, and commemorate the struggle for civil and religious freedom in Colonial Virginia initiated by the Rev. Samuel Davies and the Hanover Dissenters. Click here to view the Strategic Plan.

· Contact us to reserve your wedding date or special event. 2024 dates are almost full! Booking is open for 2025!

· During wedding season, most Saturdays and Sundays are booked for weddings and private events. Please call the Historic Polegreen office to ensure availability for your visit.

· Would you like a private tour? Contact us to schedule a guided tour to learn about the history of Historic Polegreen Church!

· Email: admin@historicpolegreenchurch.orgPhone: (804) 730-3837

The grounds are clean, beautiful, and serene. It's just the spot for a small and intimate gathering.

Robin June 2020

Beautiful and Inspiring! It’s simplistic nature gives you a grasp of worship, the Creator and His creation. Wonderful spot for a simple, small outdoor wedding.

Lawrence August 2021

Interesting Stop along the Civil War Trail. The location dates back to the revolutionary era and has deep roots in religious and political history.

Christina May 2020

Outstanding! Thank you for preserving!

July 2021

Very unique historical location. Small site, but very interesting and well documented historical information. I learned some very interesting facts about the Polegreen Church and its role bringing religious freedom to Virginia. Also Patrick Henry's life and also his role at the church.

Mark October 2020

CREDIT: Drone video provided by Wingo Visual Arts

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Physical Address

6411 Heatherwood Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2111
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Contact Us

(804) 730-3837

General Information

Polegreen Church is located in eastern Hanover County, 12 miles from downtown Richmond, Virginia.


Sunrise to sunset, year-round. Visitors' Center: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am to 3pm.


Free and open to the public.

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Historic Polegreen Church Foundation | P.O. Box 2111, Mechanicsville, VA 23116 | (804) 730-3837 | admin@historicpolegreenchurch.org