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Teacher Lesson Plans

The Virginia Declaration of Rights

Patrick Henry

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

The First Amendment

The Declaration of Independence

The Great Awakening and Pre-Revolutionary America

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court

Historic Polegreen Church Foundation Newsletters

Spring 2016 Winter 2010 Spring 2007
Spring 2015 Spring 2010 Fall 2006
Spring 2014 Fall/Winter 2009 Spring 2006
Spring 2013 Spring 2009 Spring 2005
Spring 2012 Fall 2008 Summer 2004
Spring 2011 Summer 2007

Works by Reverend Samuel Davies

Works About Reverend Samuel Davies

Interview with Robert Bluford, Jr.,
President of Historic Polegreen Church Foundation

Dr. Bluford discusses his life and the story of the Foundation. The interview is broken up into 15 .mp3 audio files.

Transcript (pdf)

Part 1 Part 6 Part 11
Part 2 Part 7 Part 12
Part 3 Part 8 Part 13
Part 4 Part 9 Part 14
Part 5 Part 10 Part 15

Timeline of Religious Freedom

One of the most popular features of the Historic Polegreen Church site is the Timeline of Religious Freedom. The Timeline is a long brick walkway leading to the original church's structure. The walkway is inlayed with markers listing the most important dates over two millennia in the history of the struggle for religious freedom.

Many of our visitors — especially students — find the Timeline to be a real eye-opener. A common assumption is that “religious freedom” is exclusively an American creation. But the reality is those freedoms represent hard-fought struggles that emerged over centuries of sacrifice and hard work.

Guide-by-Cell Tour of the site

Visitors to the historic Polegreen Church site can now take a tour of the site using their cellular phone. By calling (804) 205-9836, Dr. Dan Roberts of the University of Richmond and host of National Public Radio's "A Moment in Time" will guide you through the history and significance of Polegreen Church. You can listen to this virtual tour by choosing one of the segments below. All files are in mp3 format.

  1. Religious Freedom
  2. Polegreen Church: The Beginning
  3. Samuel Davies
  4. Samuel Davies and Patrick Henry
  5. Moving toward Tolerance
  6. Davies and Black Literacy
  7. Princeton
  8. The Demise of Polegreen Church
  9. Polegreen Today
  10. Why Preserve Polegreen

Historic Polegreen Church and the Civil War

Historic Polegreen Church met its demise during the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek in late May, 1864.

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