The Misconception of Memory

  The Misconception of Memory: Part One   Written by Research Assistant Lauren Harlow   What is history? What is memory? Are these two words synonymous, or do they hold their own meanings? Very plainly, history is the use of collected facts and primary sources in effort to create a living conversation between the past and present. Memory on the … Read More

Who Lies Beneath the Baptismal Font?

  Who Lies Beneath the Baptismal Font? Written by Research Assistant Lauren Harlow   “Whose time-tinted bones are slowly reverting to dust at the bottom of a shallow grave in the [“Old Brick Church”]?” (Smithfield Times, 1956) This is one of the many mysteries which intrigues Historic St. Luke’s Church, and is the motivating force behind our continued research. Within … Read More

Why do we like Ike?

  Why do we like Ike? Written by Research Assistant Lauren Harlow and Education Coordinator Rachel Popp  On October 12th, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower wrote a letter to Mr. Henry Mason Day, the first president of Historic St. Luke’s Restoration. In this letter, President Eisenhower commended those involved in the restoration of Historic St. Luke’s Church and declared that, “St. … Read More

Dr. Michael Browder Discusses Reverend Devereux Jarratt

“Devereux Jarratt: Virginia Evangelical Lecture” Who was Reverend Devereux Jarratt and why does he matter? These questions and more will be answered by Dr. Michael Browder on August 26th during his 1 p.m. lecture at Historic St. Luke’s. The lecture will explore Reverend Jarratt’s early conversion by New Light Presbyterians, his ambivalent relations with the Methodists, his late-life reflections on … Read More

Meet the Man Behind the Mead

Historic St. Luke’s Museum Interpreter Nicole Lichty Interviews Glenn Lavender, Founder and Owner of Silver Hand Meadery Mead is an historic fermented honey drink that goes back for centuries. Though mead has a long history, not many know about this historic drink. It is an alcoholic beverage composed of 25% honey, 75% water and yeast with spices and flavors added … Read More

JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom at Historic St. Luke’s

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. The American holiday celebrates the freedom of former slaves granted by the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. But why is June 19th the date that Juneteenth is typically celebrated on? June Nineteenth is not the date that the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, the date President Lincoln signed the executive order, nor the … Read More

Dr. James Rice and Bacon’s Rebellion

 Museum Interpreter John Ericson interviewed Dr. James Rice about his upcoming lecture at Historic St. Luke’s on Bacon’s Rebellion and research from his book, Tales from a Revolution: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America. In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon led a rebellion against royalist forces under Royal Governor Sir William Berkeley. After years of frustrating policies, taxes, practices, perceptions, and circumstances, … Read More

Coffee and the Civil War

The American Civil War proved to not only be a period filled with turmoil, but also a time of innovation. The Gatling Gun, ironclad warships, and improvements to railroads and telegraphs are only a few of the innovations that flourished during the Civil War. One of the lesser-known creations was the Coffee Wagon. The History of Coffee in America Coffee … Read More

Board of Directors Highlight: Vice President Dana Dickens

Historic St. Luke’s is grateful for our Board and their years (and in some cases, decades) of volunteerism here at our National Landmark. As a new feature for our blog, each month we will highlight one of our board members. E. Dana Dickens III has been a board member for Virginia’s Oldest Church since 2010. Currently a realtor for William … Read More

Living Historian Richard Greathouse and Our Civil War Weekend

Living Historian Richard Greathouse of the 3rd Virginia Infantry visited Historic St. Luke’s Church on March 2nd for an interview with Education Coordinator Rachel Popp. They discussed his long involvement in Living History and how he first got involved in the hobby. Richard Greathouse is one of the Living Historians who will be joining Historic St. Luke’s for its Civil … Read More