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Address: 14477 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA 23430-6155
Phone Number: +1 757-357-3367
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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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Great history lesson

We didn't really know what to expect when we arrived, but we knew we would be seeing a very old church, which is usually pretty interesting. We were really impessed by the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't really know what to expect when we arrived, but we knew we would be seeing a very old church, which is usually pretty interesting. We were really impessed by the extremely informative tour led by John, who clearly has been studying the history of the area, of Virginia, and of the U.S. for many years. He was a... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful tour. Not overwhelming. This is the oldest church building in Virginia. Our tour guide, Rachel, is very knowledgeable and eager to show and tell all the interesting stories about the church, its furnishings, the restorations, etc. Wonderful to see where Virginians worshipped so long ago. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon. And Smithfield, VA, nearby, is... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought this would be a quick in and out look at a historic site. What we got was an in depth tour and history lesson about the church and its founders. We learned a lot and although the tour was a bit longer than expected, it was enjoyable. Look for discount brochures around town. We didn't see them ahead... More 

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

Good Morning, Jeff B. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are glad to read you gave us a chance and enjoyed our 45-minute guided tour. I invite you to follow us on social media, our Facebook page, our official web site, and subscribe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

John did a fantastic job with the tour! Definitely well worth the stop and the price of the tour. Highly recommend it!

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

Good Morning, 1love4camping. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. John Ericson, museum interpreter, is a passionate and dedicated researcher and public historian. Thanks for your recommendation! I invite you to follow us on social media, our Facebook page, our official web site, and subscribe... More 

Rural Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This historic church was incredible and so beautifully maintained and taken care of!! Extremely informative and full of such important and interesting history!! We are not sorry at all that we spent some vacation time there! Wonderful, informed tour guide, John! Thank you!!

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

Good Morning, momsfourboys. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. John Ericson, museum interpreter, is a passionate and dedicated researcher and public historian. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour experience at Virginia's Oldest Church. We hope that more vacationers take time to visit... More 

Norwood, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Weddings of Two family members, 43 years apart were conducted in beautiful St. Luke's Church. We toured the grounds and Church and Museum by golf cart thanks to the kindness of Collin, our informative guide. He kindly expounded on the history of Capt, Bridger, builder of St, Luke's,who is buried under the Church and his tomb is engraved on slate... More 

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

Good Afternoon, aalilly49. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. Wow! What a great story you and your family has on the two wonderful weddings held here. Our team works hard on their dedication to preserving and sharing history to everyone - including the families... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went here recently and we both really enjoyed the tour of this historical church. The tour focuses on the history of the local area and church building. John was a fantastic tour guide. He really made the tour fun and informative. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that enjoys history or architecture.

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

Good Morning, Dwayne P. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. John Ericson, museum interpreter, does an outstanding job on his research and tour delivery - so happy to read you agree! I invite you to follow us on our official web site, our Facebook... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extremely detailed and insightful tour given by John Ericson. Loved the perspective he gave for why preserving this landmark is so important to our culture as Americans. Any history lover has to make a stop at St. Luke's.

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

Good Morning, Jarrett M. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. I am so glad to read you enjoyed John Ericson's tour. Mr. Ericson is a dedicated museum interpreter at Virginia's Oldest Church. We are passionate about our research, preservation, and customer experience. I invite... More 

Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were married here in 2012. It was large enough for our two families and including children and grandchildren. This fine old church was built about 1632-1634 and is well preserved. It is well worth the time to visit.

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

Good Morning, Garnett G. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. I am so glad you and your wife held your most special day here in 2012. A lot has changed since you both were here in 2012. New gift shop and merchandise, new, 45-minute... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We showed up 15 minutes before a wedding was due to start, but they squeezed in an abbreviated tour for us. John was passionate and knowledgeable. We learned so much. I'm glad we didn't pass this by. We will be going back for the full tour sometime!

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

Good Afternoon, Kelly F. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as Historic St. Luke's Church, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. John Ericson, Museum Interpreter, is a passionate public historian and provides an entertaining and informative guided tour. I'm also glad to read he was able to squeeze-in a quick tour for you - something... More 

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