Todd Talk (November 2016)

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

The Holiday Season is upon us, and we hope that you are enjoying the changing leaf colors and cooling temperatures.  The romance and charm of our ancient cemeteries and church building is the perfect setting and this time of the year perfect for scheduling a family or senior portrait.  Call our museum with any questions.  Strolling our grounds also provides a relaxing way to enjoy an Autumn day.  Bring your family and discover something new at Virginia’s Oldest Church.  For those of you enjoying our educational lecture series, our last one of the calendar year is quickly approaching.  As of when I wrote this, only 12 tickets remain.  Purchase yours today!  Also make plans to purchase your live

christmas tree here at Historic St. Luke’s this year.  During “Christmas in Smithfield” we will sell live christmas trees.  While your family selects their favorite tree enjoy some warm cider or hot cocoa in our gift shop.  See you soon!

Education Program Events
Dr. Randolph Turner

Dr. Randolph Turner

Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 1 p.m. Searching for Powhatan’s Werowocomoco  Randolph Turner, Virginia Department of Historic Resources (retired), will present on his work at Powhatan’s principal residence in 1607, Werowocomoco. Werowocomoco also served as the capital, and is the sole location in Virginia where Powhatan and John Smith met.

Saturday through Sunday, December 3-4, 2016 Christmas in Smithfield  Live Christmas Tree Sales, complimentary hot cider and cocoa, and 17th-century Christmas Decorations.

Tickets and Registration

Tickets are $15 per person. Seating is limited to the first 25 registrants.

Prospective registrants can buy tickets through our online ticketing process by clicking here, or by calling the Welcome Center at 757-357-3367. For more information email


Help me in congratulating Mr. Adam Blythe and Mrs. Tiffany Watts as our latest newly wedded couple!

Visit us during Christmas In Smithfield for 2 for 1 admission!

Visit us during Christmas In Smithfield, Dec 2nd – 4th,  for 2 for 1 admission!

Only through your generous contributions can we fulfill the mission of Historic St. Luke’s through educational programming, special events, daily guided tours, historic preservation, cemetery preservation, collections & archives management, fund raising, and communications such as this eNewsletter and our advertising.  In October the following folks provided Virginia’s Oldest Church with financial support so we may continue this important work.  Thank you!

Carl Craig, Jr.
Cathy Whitley
David Thomas
Elizabeth Nace
Franklin E. Hall
Frederick Stanton, Jr.
Hansford Patterson, III
Jamie Greene
Jeanne Newsome
Johanne Pryor
Leslie Messick
M. Hahn
Mark Girard
Mary Lou Keyes
Pedro Rieken
Robert Clontz
Ryan Tracy
The Woman’s Club of Smithfield
William Hodsden
William Laine, Jr.
William Wooldridge

Thank you for renewing your membership Mr. David Hare!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Virginia’s Oldest Church!