Although St. John's dates to 1741, its congregation was established in 1611. Alexander Whitaker, the first rector, instructed Pocahontas in Christianity, baptized her, and married her to John Rolfe. The building is best known as the 1775 meeting place of the second Virginia Convention. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, and many other historic personages. Patrick Henry stood up and delivered his incendiary words: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" Henry's speech is reenacted on Sunday at 2pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day (admission is free but donation plates are passed). Purchase tour tickets at the gift shop behind the church.