Patrick Henry: A Historical Interpretation

October 04, 2012

Bill Young as HenryOn Tuesday, October 16, Bill Young will present a historical interpretation of Patrick Henry at Hampden-Sydney College.  Henry is portrayed in the last year of his life as he reflects on his childhood, two marriages, religious convictions, love of children, various careers, and key contributions to the formation of the United States. 

After retiring as a trial lawyer, Young decided to make his lifelong love of history, writing, and public speaking into a second career. He presents a dramatic and historically accurate first person impression of Henry.

Young's passion is bringing history to life. He has done extensive historical research to develop both his portrayal and the elaborate costume that he wears.

A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond Law School, Young is the author and illustrator of two books about his Scouting adventures, Once a Scout and Trailing the Eagle. He co-authored with his wife, Patricia Chewning Young, the 56th Virginia Infantry in the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. He also writes and illustrates articles for several historical magazines on a regular basis.

Young is a costumed historical interpreter for the National Park Service at Jamestown and is a member of the casts of the Patrick Henry re-enactment at St. John's Church in Richmond, and of the Parson's Cause at Hanover Court House. Young has appeared in three films and has appeared as Woodrow Wilson and General Douglas MacArthur at the High Plains Chautauqua in Greeley, Colorado.

Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Farmville/Prince Edward Historical Society and Hampden-Sydney's Atkinson Museum.  It will begin at 7 PM in the Parents & Friends Lounge in Venable Hall.