St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Smithfield

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visit Virginia's Oldest Church Building & Cemeteries in Smithfield, Virginia. Whether your interest is ancient cemeteries, 17th-century Virginian and Early American History, or architectural history, a visit to the Museum, "The Old Brick Gift Shop", and park and hiking trail is a must thing to do while in the Greater Williamsburg and Coastal Virginia regions. St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum is operated and owned by Historic St. Luke's Restoration, and is a fully-tax deductible, 501(c)3 education-based, non-profit organization.
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Jane R
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What a hidden gem! Visiting with family, we stopped in for a visit. What a great choice! Immediately greeted in gift shop by personable men, our guide for the tour was John Ericson. He was/is great! John is knowledgeable, he’s done his ‘homework’, friendly, welcomed questions and never missed a beat. We were awestruck by the history of the church, and we are still talking about it a day later! We would recommend to anyone this hour long tour, well worth the minor admission fee. Next time we have guests from out of town, we will be sure to visit again!
Written July 4, 2021
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Roxanne K
Smithfield, VA2 contributions
Took my parents to tour the church as they have always wanted to and were in town so we finally made it there. Tour guide was Leslie Dunaway who was extremely accommodating to my elderly parents. She took them down in a golf cart and was incredibly friendly, bubbly and knowledgeable on the historic facts of the church. We had a wonderful tour. Thank you Leslie!
Written September 2, 2021
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Corey P
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Friends
The team at St. Luke's is phenomenal! Skilled historians who are passionate about the church and its history. Every tour uncovers a new fact, so it feels like a story that continues to get better with every telling.

This lovely church is a must-see for everyone visiting the historic triangle.
Written October 17, 2020
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Rob C
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Family
The church is wonderfully preserved and the cemetery and property are both peaceful and interesting. John did a phenomenal job with our tour this morning. He was entertaining and was a wealth of historical knowledge, not only about the church and its history but also about the history of Southeastern Virginia.
Written July 18, 2020
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John D
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The grounds of St. Luke Historic Church and Museum are beautiful. The exterior and interioir of St. Luke's Church are superb. The tiffany glass windows from the late 1800's are gorgeous. Thomas and Rachel were knowledgeable tour guides who were able to answer my questions about the history and 17th-century architecture of the Church. The one-hour tour was excellent. I spent two additional hours admiring the history and beauty of the site. I highly recommend this site for all who are interested in colonial history.
Written November 13, 2021
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Cynthia R
Louisville, KY53 contributions
We took the tour with another couple. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and answered questions and included everyone (including a child). Lots of history! The gift shop was also a pleasant surprise, with a few unique items. Very welcoming.
Written June 2, 2021
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KrystleK
Virginia99 contributions
Friends
The history at St Luke’s Church is very interesting and it was cool to be able to walk around Virginia’s oldest open cemetery. The grounds have many stories to tell with the inscriptions on the graves. A guided tour of the church explains a lot about the history in the 1700s. The gift shop on the grounds has a lot of unique items and is worth a visit multiple times during the year. I definitely felt like I was walking back into history!
Written July 7, 2022
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Lanyce R
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Couples
Beautiful church and grounds. Our guide took us on a great tour midway between scheduled tour times and was so well informed. Very well done - if you love history and great stories to trigger your imagination - visit this historic site!
Written February 15, 2020
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Good Afternoon, lanycer. Thank you for your recent review of Historic St. Luke's Restoration, doing business as St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. We are so glad to learn that you enjoyed your guided tour. Our education department team continues to research and interpret the church building's history, early Isle of Wight County history, and how this venerable National Symbol continues to inspire generations of Americans in our unique form of a Constitutional Republic. I also invite you to follow us on Facebook, our official web site, and on social media. We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Todd Ballance Executive Director HSLR
Written February 24, 2020
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Alice G
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Family
My daughter and I took the tour on a beautiful Friday afternoon. We were so impressed with the history and interesting stories told by our tour guide, Thomas. We will definitely be back with our friends and family. (Many discounts available - but well worth the small fee.)
Written June 3, 2022
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Marc R.
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Couples
This was an excellent stop. The group that runs this church puts a lot of care and attention to their interpretive programs. The grounds and gift shop are very well taken care of. And the admission was extremely reasonable. Our tour guide gave us a world-class tour that will remain with us for a long time.
Written November 7, 2020
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