St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum is excited to share our stories with members of the press.

We have a lot to share with you. Please direct all media and press inquiries including requests for statements to Todd Ballance, Executive Director, for more information. He may be reached via his cell phone at (757) 407-8829 or via email at

What is St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum?

Historic St. Luke’s Restoration, doing business as St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum, operates a 43-acre, historic site and museum including cemeteries, Virginia’s Oldest Church Building, and hundreds of artifacts.

Since 1953, Historic St. Luke’s Restoration has managed this national historic landmark and national patriotic shrine. As an educational, arts & culture non-profit organization we collect and share artifacts and stories for exhibits that reinforce our national narrative.

We have permanent and temporary exhibitions in the church building and in the Welcome Center’s gift shop, The Shop at the Old Brick Church. We also host periodic special events, academic lectures, outreach educational programs, cemetery preservation workshops, and receive volunteer and financial support in order to accomplish mission objectives we would otherwise not be able to afford.

Certifications, Awards, and Transparency

HSLR holds a Platinum Badge with non-profit watchdog ““.

HSLR is also recognized as a certified non-profit with the President’s Volunteer Service Award program.

HSLR holds a 5-star average rank on TripAdvisor.

HSLR is a certified “Virginia Green” Attraction with the VA DEQ and VTC.

Social Media Platforms

HSLR maintains profiles on the following social media platforms:

YouTube Channel


Spring 2018 Newsletter

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Press Releases

Book Launch and Signing: “Hamilton” by Tony Williams

Cemetery Open House

“Build That Wall”: An academic lecture on religious freedom and separation of church and state presented by VWU professor Dr. Craig Wansink

Civil War Living History Weekend and lecture on “Freedom’s Fortress” by Dr. Casandra Newby-Alexander

The Wedding Show

The Wedding Scrapbook Project

Witches of Colonial Virginia: Academic Lecture presented by Carson Hudson

“A Colonial Christmas Concert” presented by the Smithfield High School Choir

“Twilight Cemetery Tours” in October

Mead Tasting during the 17th-century Living History Event

Ancient Music Concert with the Locrian Consort during the 17th-century Living History Event

Hundreds of Bodies Discovered during Ground Penetrating Radar Project

Bacon’s Rebellion Academic Lecture presented by college professor Dr. James Rice

President Eisenhower Letter, October 12, 1956
  • "Hamilton" Book Launch

    Book Launch and Signing of “Hamilton” by Tony Williams. Popular, local historian and Bill of Rights Institute fellow.

  • Cemetery Open House

    First Ever Cemetery Open House Promoting the Ancient and Memorial Cemeteries and Columbarium are open for business. Virginia’s Oldest Open Cemeteries.

  • "Build That Wall" Academic Lecture

    Academic Lecture presented by Dr. Craig Wansink of Virginia Wesleyan University on Religious Freedom and Separation of Church & State

  • Cemetery Preservation Workshops

    A Hands-On Series for volunteerism in cleaning cemetery headstones and monuments.

  • Eight Preservation Awards

    HSLR received eight preservation awards towards capital projects.

  • The Wedding Scrapbook Project

    We are collecting stories and photos from previous wedding rental guests for our hardcopy and virtual scrapbooks.