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“Amazing piece of early American history!”

Historic St. Luke's Church
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Smithfield
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Owner description: 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.
Newport News, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Amazing piece of early American history!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

This lovely church and grounds are a trip back to the early days of Virginia and make the link back to the English culture that prevailed here better than any museum with modern electronic interpretations could possibly do. The docent was very knowledgeable about the history of the structure architecturally, culturally, and provided an outstanding tour. The grave yard alone provides the stuff of many hours of discovery and stories, but the totality of this peaceful sylvan spot takes you back to the past of Virginia in a way that makes you reflect on how we came to be as well as forget, for a while, the traffic snarls and hideous strip malls of Hampton so very nearby. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
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English first
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224 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very Pretty”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

It is a short quick tour and the church is beauitful. It has a nice gift shop. A nice history lessons.

Visited July 2013
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New York
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60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Incredibly historic treasure”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Lovely old church immaculately restored down to the hand-waxed woodwork. Only complaint was that the docent knew the history of the church and community but was not well versed in the history of the Church of England in colonial America. Not sure if she really knew what kind of church this was in the early years.

Visited December 2012
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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245 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“St. Lukes”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Knowledgeable Guide, interesting history, loved the graveyard. The entrance way was especially interesting and the apparatus over the minister was to improve acoustics.

Visited July 2012
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Hampton, Virginia
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“Interesting history and quiet setting”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Like so much of the area, you just don't find building of this age and history elsewhere. Worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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