Day at the Capitol

2019 Day at the Capitol Is Full.

Please call the office–804-278-9200, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.–to be put on the waiting list.

Join hundreds of homeschoolers from across the Commonwealth on Thursday, March 28, 2019, for HEAV’s annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol in Richmond.

This HEAV-sponsored event is open to all homeschoolers.


St John’s Episcopal Church 2401 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219


March 28, 2019


$30/member families; $35/non-member families; plus $5 for each non-family member with you.

Member Benefit – Register and Save $5!

Avoid the waiting list and reserve a place for your family today! Registration for Day at the Capitol: Capitol Classroom is now open–and at a discounted family rate of $30 for HEAV members!

As a valued member, this is your official notice! Don’t wait–Day at the Capitol events usually fill quickly.

Log in and Register Now

(Click on “events” on the left-hand side.)


HEAV members: $30/family, plus $5 for each non-family participant that you would like to include–a $5 member savings!
Non-members: $35/family, plus $5 for each non-family participant you register.

*Note: To register a large group such as a co-op class, please call the office at 804-278-9200.

Reservations are limited to the first 250 participants.
After this number is reached, all interested parents and students will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available.

Not a member, but want to get the discount?
Join HEAV today and get the member discount for Day at the Capitol, plus convention, and other HEAV events! You’ll get resource discounts, a free classified ad, and much, much more! Begin saving today with your $5 Day-at-the-Capitol discount!

Check-In and Tickets

Doors at St. John’s Historic Church will open at 9 a.m. with check-in and seating between 9 and 9:30. Tickets for Capitol Tours and Capitol Classroom will be distributed at St. John’s Church during check-in. The program will begin at 9:30 and the reenactment will begin at 10 a.m.

Day at the Capitol: Patrick Henry Reenactment!

The day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA–the original site of the heated debate for independence among colonial leaders prior to the War for Independence. We have scheduled a special reenactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.

Costumed, professional reenactors will sit among homeschoolers in the church sanctuary where the Second Virginia Convention was held. Their rousing debate for independence from Great Britain will take you back to 1775. You may find yourself seated beside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Richard Henry Lee. This special performance is only for families registered for HEAV’s Day at the Capitol.

Day at the Capitol: Capitol Classroom

Experience “hands-on learning” at its best! Because the General Assembly adjourned in mid-March, homeschool students are invited to sit in a state representative’s chair on the floor of the Virginia House or Senate Chamber to learn how a bill becomes a law. Ticket times will be distributed at St. John’s Church during the morning session at 9 a.m. During the Capitol Classroom, House or Senate staff will instruct homeschoolers on how a bill becomes a law. They will then guide homeschoolers in committee debates and the voting process. You will have an opportunity to discuss a mock homeschool bill then take a final vote. Students will press the same voting buttons on each desk that legislators use to pass or defeat bills. Parents are welcome to join in or help their student participate in this hands-on process in the House or Senate Chambers.

Day at the Capitol: Tours

Guided one-hour tours of the historic Capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson are scheduled for the afternoon. Tickets will be given to attendees beginning at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Church. Tours will begin at the Bank Street entrance to the Capitol.

Food, Directions, and Parking

Parking at St. John’s is available on the street. It is free. The church is located at 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA. The Capitol is approximately a five-minute drive (1.1 miles) from St. John’s Church to the Capitol tour entrance, located at 1000 Bank Street. Nearby parking lots and garages can be found here.

Food Options

For your convenience, you may bring a bag lunch to eat in the Capitol Visitors Center or walk to one of the nearby eateries. Information can be found under the “Visiting the Capitol” tab here.

Day at the Capitol FAQs

Get all the details here–directions, maps, parking locations, the day’s events, local eateries, and  tour information.

Note From Yvonne

View more details on our DATC FAQs, and look there for a detailed schedule soon. Now is the time to register! We always fill up fast and have a waiting list. Don’t miss this opportunity.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Richmond for Day at the Capitol: Capitol Classroom!

With warm regards,

Watch the Slideshow!

These photographs were taken by James Staddon of Lenspiration Photography at the 2017 Day at the Capitol See a picture you’d like? E-mail publications@heav.org and we’ll send you a link to download the full-resolution version.
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