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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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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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The Hills...Michigan

Highly recommend! Awesome tour guide (Colan) and staff. Filled with tons of very interesting facts. Would do again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Highly recommend! Awesome tour guide (Colan) and staff. Filled with tons of very interesting facts. Would do again.

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Vickiannhill. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are very pleased to read you had an "awesome tour" with our assistant director, Collin Norman. Collin has been at St. Luke's first as a teenage, junior museum interpreter and now more recently... More 

Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We made a day trip from Richmond just to tour this historic church and hear a recording of the 1630 organ playing the Doxology. The tour guide was a wealth of information and trivia. So worth the trip. We went to the Visitor's Center before going to the Church where we picked up a brochure that incorrectly states the Church... More 

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Morning, Judith P. Thank you for reviewing Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc., doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are pleased to read you had a great visit and tour. I invite you to follow us on Facebook, our web site, and social media and subscribe to receive our enewsletter to learn the latest... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the tour was really worth the time. The on-site shop looked wonderful, and I would've liked to stay longer except that I was with my daughter and grandchildren who were getting a bit restless.

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, 919maryannen. Thank you for reviewing Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. It is so wonderful to read you had a great tour with your museum interpreter and our brand new gift shop. 45 minutes is the perfect length tour, but much beyond that is difficult. I invite you... More 

South Hill, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

In the seventeenth century,when Jamestown was still the capitol,before Williamsburg became the capitol,the population of Virginia was about 5000 people. Some Virginians were transplanted Cavaliers,in opposition to Cromwell. A few people were making some serious money in the tobacco business and given their means and their politics,wanted High Churches. Legends and mythology sometimes veer from the facts,but it appears that... More 

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Morning, Ebbridge. Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. John Ericson, Education Coordinator, is a gem himself and like all of his staff are world-class historic interpreters. We are proud of his contact dedication to historical research including church and architectural history.... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This building is truly a jewel in the crown of our architectural treasures, one that should be seen by all visitors interested in Virginia history. We were fortunate to have Gloria LaBoone as docent, she is quite knowledgeable about not only the structure, but about the political and societal changes that impacted the building and it's congregants over several hundred... More 

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Morning, Barbara E. Thank you for reviewing Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. It is wonderful to read you had a great tour with Gloria - we are proud of the dedication and constant learning of all of our museum interpreters. I invite you to follow us on Facebook,... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Wonderful history, neat details, great folks, cross between museum and part-time church, see things that you may not have seen before

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Carolyn C. Thank you for reviewing Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc., doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, VA, USA. We are glad to read you enjoyed your visit to Virginia's Oldest Church to learn about the religion in early English America and the origins of both the separation of Church and State and Historic Preservation... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I went with my family, (3 generations) and everyone enjoyed it! Our guide knew her stuff, and the story behind the church was very interesting. The inside of the church was beautiful with the stained glass and wood. The tour takes about an hour, so plan accordingly. The first half takes place outside, so check the weather too.

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Katherine S. Thank you for taking time to review your recent visit at Historic St. Luke's Resoration, Inc., doing business as, Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are glad to read you and your family enjoyed your visit. I invite you to keep in touch with St. Luke's by following us on Facebook, our web... More 

Norman
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My fifth visit to this beautiful church. All the more reasons to visit was the fact my first ancestors to America were employed to finish the insides and build the top tower this is really an awesome building. They begin work in 1630s. The DRIVER FAMILY IS PROUD OF THE CONTRIBUTION THESE EARLY DRIVERS DID.

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Morning, Jimmie D. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We value your family history and passionate connection to this National Shrine and Historic Landmark. We invite you to follow us on Facebook, our Blog, and web site to learn of the latest... More 

Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Joan is a fabulous tour guide and certainly knows her history. It is so nice to visit the church where my 9th Great Grandfather, Gen. Joseph Bridger, is buried. I am so very proud of St. Luke's and the loving care it receives. Our Bridger Family Association hopes to do more in the future to help raise awareness of our... More 

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Morning, Jean T. Thank you for your kind words about your experiences at Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are proud of all of our descendant families and the rich, vibrant heritage that laid the foundation of this great Nation. We look forward to hosting your future visits.... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The church was further out than we expected but was well worth the trip. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the church and the surrounding area. The church itself is very simple but has stunning stained glass windows that were a later addition. Be sure to get a look at everything including the antique organ, antique folding table next... More 

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Todd B, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, NHFlowergirl. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc. dba Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are glad to read you had a wonderful experience with your tour guide and visiting the 100-acre historic site and museum. I invite you to follow us on our Facebook page, Blog, and web site... More 

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