St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesReligious Sites
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dennis1
    Williamsburg, Virginia77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent tour of Virginia's oldest church building
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent tour of historic St. Luke's Church and Museum. If you are lucky, as we were, to have Leslie Dunaway as your guide, you will have a memorable and informative time. Leslie has traveled the world and she has a charming personality. She knows her architecture and Virginia history. The church building and grounds are sublimely beautiful. No wonder people like to have their weddings here. We also deeply appreciate the warm personal welcome (and generous one, too) from Executive Director Todd Ballance and Sales Manager Fred Hodges. They and the rest of the staff are doing a wonderful job to maintain and enhance this historic property for future generations. Keep up the good work. Tourists to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens should take a full day to first head south to Newport News, drop in at the interesting Virginia War Museum, then cross the free James River Bridge to visit St. Luke's Church. Then head into Smithfield itself for lunch and shopping -- a delightful place. Then return to Williamsburg by heading north and taking the free ferry boat ride across the James River to Jamestown. It is a truly great day trip! There is also the Chippokes State Park to see along the drive.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • blrobins
    Venice, Florida6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical tour of St. Luke’s.
    Today we had a lovely tour and exciting history lesson about St. Luke’s from John Ericson, St. Luke’s Outreach Coordinator and Museum Interpreter. Mr. Ericson took us from Rev. Bracewell’s rectorship beginning in the 1640s to today’s usage by the Episcopalians of Smithfield, VA. I had wanted to visit St. Luke’s for a long time as Rev. Robert Bracewell was my 8th Great Grandfather. Mr. Ericson made the history of colonial times come alive. He wove the history of my ancestor into that of the people who followed. It was very interesting to hear how they lived during such a difficult and isolated time. The politics and ties to England affected everyone’s lives on so many levels. St. Luke’s has been a part of American History now for over 400 years! The church standing today is the oldest brick church in Virginia being finished around 1675. The grounds and church are certainly worth a visit for anyone interested in the beginnings of this country and how the Church of England played a major part in the colonist’s lives. To stand in a place that has stood through colonialism, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War was personally very moving. A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Ericson! Loisanne and Bruce Robins
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Annette
    La Porte, Indiana10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Indiana besties
    My best friend and I were on our way back home to Indiana when we popped in to get pictures of the church. We noticed the gift shop was open so we went in to check it out. Leslie offered to give us a tour even though it was too early for the tours to begin. We learned some history and got to see the inside of the church. We truly enjoyed our visit and we loved learning the history. The lady working in the gift shop was very sweet and friendly.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 23, 2023
  • 144lgg
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative, enjoyable tour.
    We visited St Luke’s historic Church and Museum today and went on the tour. Gloria was our guide. She was very knowledgeable, shared interesting information and entertaining antidotes about the museum. She was very well spoken and her passion for St. Luke’s was evident. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area or looking for a day trip.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Roger O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to St. Luke's Historic Church.
    The Richmond Photography Meetup Group visited St. Luke's historic church and cemetery. We were interested in taking photos of the church architecture and the interesting grave markers in the cemetery. The ladies at the visitor center made us feel very welcome and provided an interesting tour of the church and grounds. The tour was informative and our tour guide gave us plenty of time for photos of the interesting things that she pointed out. The church and grounds are in an excellent state of preservation. I recommend a visit here for anyone interested in the history of Virginia and/or of historic churches.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 24, 2024
  • Michael J
    Troy, Virginia102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Time Visitors
    We have always visited historic Smithfield as part of our annual anniversary trip to Williamsburg but were looking for some new things to do while we were in the area and decided to visit St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum and it did not disappoint especially since it was just my wife and I there at the time. Our guide, Mrs. Gloria LaBoone, was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to answer several question we had about the history and some recent archeological digs that had been done. That the building has been so well preserved is a testament to both its original construction and the organization that has seen to its upkeep over the years. If you love history and architecture then it is well worth the time to visit St. Luke's.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2024
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Roxanne K
Smithfield, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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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blrobins
Venice, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Today we had a lovely tour and exciting history lesson about St. Luke’s from John Ericson, St. Luke’s Outreach Coordinator and Museum Interpreter.
Mr. Ericson took us from Rev. Bracewell’s rectorship beginning in the 1640s to today’s usage by the Episcopalians of Smithfield, VA.

I had wanted to visit St. Luke’s for a long time as Rev. Robert Bracewell was my 8th Great Grandfather. Mr. Ericson made the history of colonial times come alive. He wove the history of my ancestor into that of the people who followed. It was very interesting to hear how they lived during such a difficult and isolated time.

The politics and ties to England affected everyone’s lives on so many levels. St. Luke’s has been a part of American History now for over 400 years! The church standing today is the oldest brick church in Virginia being finished around 1675.

The grounds and church are certainly worth a visit for anyone interested in the beginnings of this country and how the Church of England played a major part in the colonist’s lives.

To stand in a place that has stood through colonialism, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War was personally very moving.

A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Ericson!
Loisanne and Bruce Robins
Written October 3, 2023
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Michael J
Troy, VA102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We have always visited historic Smithfield as part of our annual anniversary trip to Williamsburg but were looking for some new things to do while we were in the area and decided to visit St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum and it did not disappoint especially since it was just my wife and I there at the time. Our guide, Mrs. Gloria LaBoone, was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to answer several question we had about the history and some recent archeological digs that had been done. That the building has been so well preserved is a testament to both its original construction and the organization that has seen to its upkeep over the years. If you love history and architecture then it is well worth the time to visit St. Luke's.
Written February 27, 2024
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jennifer K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My husband and I were looking forward to visiting the oldest church in Virginia, and we were NOT disappointed! It's a beautiful church, and the tour guide (Emily) did an amazing job not only explaining the history of the church/grounds, but also the building methods and architecture styles of the time. Emily was very friendly, answered all of our questions, and was very knowledgeable. She went out of her way to make our visit and tour exceptional, even helping us in the gift store. And as we were leaving, we discovered that Emily had only been working there for a week. We were very impressed! Thank you Emily for a great day in Smithfield!!!
Written June 22, 2023
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144lgg
Colton, New York2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We visited St Luke’s historic Church and Museum today and went on the tour. Gloria was our guide. She was very knowledgeable, shared interesting information and entertaining antidotes about the museum. She was very well spoken and her passion for St. Luke’s was evident. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area or looking for a day trip.
Written February 23, 2024
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John D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
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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Roger O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Richmond Photography Meetup Group visited St. Luke's historic church and cemetery. We were interested in taking photos of the church architecture and the interesting grave markers in the cemetery. The ladies at the visitor center made us feel very welcome and provided an interesting tour of the church and grounds. The tour was informative and our tour guide gave us plenty of time for photos of the interesting things that she pointed out. The church and grounds are in an excellent state of preservation. I recommend a visit here for anyone interested in the history of Virginia and/or of historic churches.
Written February 24, 2024
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Lanyce R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • 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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Dennis1
Williamsburg, VA77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent tour of historic St. Luke's Church and Museum. If you are lucky, as we were, to have Leslie Dunaway as your guide, you will have a memorable and informative time. Leslie has traveled the world and she has a charming personality. She knows her architecture and Virginia history. The church building and grounds are sublimely beautiful. No wonder people like to have their weddings here. We also deeply appreciate the warm personal welcome (and generous one, too) from Executive Director Todd Ballance and Sales Manager Fred Hodges. They and the rest of the staff are doing a wonderful job to maintain and enhance this historic property for future generations. Keep up the good work.

Tourists to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens should take a full day to first head south to Newport News, drop in at the interesting Virginia War Museum, then cross the free James River Bridge to visit St. Luke's Church. Then head into Smithfield itself for lunch and shopping -- a delightful place. Then return to Williamsburg by heading north and taking the free ferry boat ride across the James River to Jamestown. It is a truly great day trip! There is also the Chippokes State Park to see along the drive.
Written August 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bob B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We arrived at 4:25 pm and they close at 5. Our tour guide, Leslie Dunaway, greeted us and we immediately started the tour with her. She was so fascinating in telling us not only the history but also the 4 types of architecture used for the church, and the pipe organ that was so small and so old as well as the new modern one now in use. She encouraged us to try to speak from the pulpit which had a sounding board over it to deflect the sound around the church and it worked. She helped take several wonderful photos and described the burial vaults right at the front of the altar. She was a joy to be with and our tour ran to almost 5:30, well past the 5 pm quitting time and we really appreciated Leslie Dunaway's efforts to help us appreciate the significance of St. Luke's church.
Written September 28, 2022
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