Looking For The Perfect Day Trip? Try Smithfield!

So you have some family in town for the holidays. Where do you take them? Maybe they’ve felt like they’ve seen everything in the surrounding areas. But have they taken a day trip to Smithfield yet? Ask yourself these questions: Do they love shopping? Do they love history? Do they love great food? If the answers were yes, then make … Read More

Education: 2016 In Review by Rachel Popp

Dear Reader, On January 1st, 2016, I was a senior in college at Christopher Newport University, anxiously beginning my last semester before graduation. So much has happened since then that it feels like the beginning of the year was a lifetime ago. At the beginning of my Senior Year, I thought that I wanted to become an Elementary School Teacher, … Read More

Best Christmas Gift? Membership!

Do you have that hard-to-buy-for relative? The one who has everything? Well, we have one thing here at Historic St. Luke’s that may fit the bill — Membership to Virginia’s Oldest Church. From the $25 Scholar to the $150 Patron, we offer many levels to fit your needs. Each membership receives free general admission for a year, a complimentary gift, … Read More

Christmas Comes to Historic St. Luke’s!

Historic St. Luke’s is partnering with Genuine Smithfield and the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse to bring holiday cheer to visitors on Dec 4th, 5th, and 6th during “Christmas In Smithfield 2016”. Historic St. Luke’s will be offering a number of gifts to our guests during the event weekend, including 2 for 1 admission to our guided tour, hot wassail … Read More

Todd Talk (November 2016)

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 … Read More

Development Blog (November)

It has been a whirlwind month in the Development office at Historic St. Luke’s! Here’s all of what happened in development during the month of October, and what’s to come in November! Blessing of The Animals 2016 We kicked off October with Blessing of the Animals, where we welcomed 120 people and their pets to our site for the annual … Read More

Interview: Randolph Turner (Werowocomoco)

On October 31st, Museum Interpreter John Ericson interviewed Dr. E. Randolph Turner III about his upcoming symposium at Historic St. Luke’s entitled; “Searching for Powhatan’s Werowocomoco”. Werowocomoco was Powhatan’s principal residence in 1607 and served as the capital for the chiefdom over which he ruled. It is the sole location in Virginia where Powhatan and John Smith met. If Pocahontas … Read More

Listen: Historic St. Luke’s on Werowocomoco

  You may have noticed over the past year that the Historic St. Luke’s brand has been popping up everywhere. Did you know that we are also on the radio? That’s right! A big thanks to our friends at WNIS 790 AM and  93.7 BOB FM for supporting us on air since August! Here you can listen to an interview … Read More

Christmas Gift Shop Sale! Oct 24th – Nov 6th

In the spirit of giving, we’re going to be having our annual Gift Shop sale starting Oct 24th and running through Nov. 6th. Multiple items will be featured with discounts up to 25, 35, or even 50% off! Running a gift shop for a church museum is an odd thing, especially when choosing new merchandise. Am I going to get … Read More

Development Blog: Cemetery Workshop & Twilight Tours

Time has a way of wearing down all objects, even those we think as permanent as stone. And Historic St. Luke’s gravestones are no exception, where the earliest marker original to the site is from 1767. Moss, lichen, acid rain, tree limbs, and just the passage of decades have all amassed to make many of the stones illegible. Some have … Read More