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Historic St. Luke's Church

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Address: 14477 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA 23430
Phone Number: +1 757-357-3367
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Visit Virginia's Oldest Church in Smithfield, Virginia. Whether your...
Visit Virginia's Oldest Church in Smithfield, Virginia. Whether your interest is ancient cemeteries, 17th-century Virginian and Early American History, or architectural history, a visit to the Church, gift shop, and grounds is a must while in the Greater Williamsburg and Coastal Virginia regions. Historic St. Luke's Church Museum is operated and owned by Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. And is a fully-tax deductible, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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What an amazing History

We happened to be in Smithfield for a wedding and decided to visit the Historic St. Luke's Church. To our dismay the church was closed in January and it was January 30. We were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Romeo, Michigan
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Romeo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We happened to be in Smithfield for a wedding and decided to visit the Historic St. Luke's Church. To our dismay the church was closed in January and it was January 30. We were met in the parking lot by a local Pastor that helped run the historic site and explained we came from Michigan and did not know that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I was really looking forward to visiting St. Luke's, as it was built around 1632 and is one of the few original Gothic buildings left in the country. However, we got there and were rather rudely prevented from entering the small church, due to a wedding rehearsal that had not even begun. What would it have hurt for us to... More 

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Collin N, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

SilverAnnie, I apologize for your unsuccessful visit, but it is our policy to close the church to the public during rehearsals and weddings. We try our best to inform the public of any upcoming special event closures through the Smithfield Visitor Center and our website, but unfortunately the system is not perfect. Please contact me directly the next time you... More 

Charlotte, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Our daughter was married here and the setting couldn't be more beautiful. (There is a fee for weddings, funerals, etc.) The staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. The history is inspiring. If you are having a small wedding and would like a quaint, intimate atmosphere, this is the place for you. A friend sang during the wedding ceremony and the... More 

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Lake Anna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Besides being able to view the inside of a very old church the highlight was the information provided by John our tour guide. He had information on the building, restoration and even who was buried under the floor. Or should I say what parts of the body was buried under the floor. He painted in words a very complete picture... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

$3 tour, take it! We had a historian who also was a minister as our tour guide and it was a good stop. We all remembered different facts as we were in the car home but it is a neat and different piece of American history that should not be missed. About 1 hour from Williamsburg but ride the ferry... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We had a wonderful go back in history tour by a wonderful guide John. It was amazing to hear and see all about something so old and treasured. And still standing in a city. A must visit if in town.

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Toledo, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Visit the grounds and surrounding cemetery. The church is being restored and it's inside is beautiful and historic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Very pleasant place to see and learn. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Must visit. Young and old will enjoy. Organ was awesome. Anyone with musical interests should stop and see.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Awesome old church. So old that is has a castle siege door for an entrance! It's worth visiting here just to see the oldest pipe organ in the US! Super economical and extremely interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The church had lots of history. The guide was was knowledgeable on the history of the church. It was nice to walk around the grounds.

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