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Historic St. Luke's Church
Ranked #1 of 16 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.
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We stopped by for a visit upon the recommendation from the Smithfield Visitors Center. We were in somewhat of a hurry so we turned down the personal tour offered in the gift shop, which was $5 each, but when we got to the church it was locked but we did tour the grounds and the outside of the church, very impressive. Hopefully if we are in the area again we will have more time and be able to take the tour and check out the inside, which from looking at the pictures seemed very interesting.

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Reviewed 29 March 2014

I have been to churches across the world and this is the only church that required an admission fee: if you don't pay you don't see the inside of the church: paying to go into God's house is really something incomprehensible. My husband paid to see the inside of the church and it is gorgeous. The guide was a dingbat and didn't know a lot of the history of the church. The windows are beautiful from the inside but I had to hold onto my Christian values while giving them money to see the inside of the church so their salaries get paid for.

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Collin N, Manager at Historic St. Luke's Church, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2014

Ontheroadagain33,
I am sorry that your visit was not the greatest and that you felt offended at the admission. We are not a functioning church by any means and have not had an active congregation since the 1830s. Historic St. Luke’s Church, as it stands today, functions as a museum under the care of a non-profit organization. The contributions of generous donors and revenue from admission maintains the upkeep on this nearly 400 year old historic structure and the many historic artifacts we have on site. Due to the foresight of the people of Isle of Wight and many church communities and others, we are able to keep alive the history of this place and tell a vital part of the story of our American heritage.
All the best,
Collin Norman,
Assistant Director

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the church come alive as he talked about it . The organ was spectacular to view along with other items in the church. A must see if you are in the area or maybe a special trip to make when you have the time to spend and enjoy without being in a hurry.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We didn't tour the inside of the church (there is a fee, but it is nominal). We just felt we had seen lots of beautiful churches so just enjoyed walking around the grounds (which was free to do). Lots of old headstones in a beautiful setting.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

What a wonderful tour we had here. Thanks to Gloria our docent.
I am amazed that after visiting churches in the U.S. and Europe, I still have lots to learn.
This was a fascinating piece of history.
Tours were $5.00 ($4.00 for seniors) and worth every penny.
Don't miss the gift shop. They have some wonderful unusual pieces.
The parking lot is huge.

Thank GmaSandra
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