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Revising Our History: What Remains in Anne Randall’s Tomb?

Revising Our History: What Remains in Anne Randall’s Tomb?

St. Luke’s is about to embark on a final journey of sorts. In late January, researchers will come together to explore what remains in Anne Randall’s tomb. The “Old Brick Church” of St. Luke’s has been a resting place for its guarantor, Colonel Joseph Bridger, but who is this person resting next to him in the chancel floor and what is in her tomb? Soon we hope to answer these questions and share them with you.

Part 3: Religion in Virginia during the Commonwealth

Part 3: Religion in Virginia during the Commonwealth

In our third and final installment of the series on religion in England and its protectorates during the Commonwealth from 1649 to 1660, we discuss how the Virginia Colony was affected by its home country’s governmental transition to Puritanism.

Part 1: Religion and the Commonwealth

Part 1: Religion and the Commonwealth

This is part one of a three part series discussing the period known as the Interregnum; the period in England when Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Realm following the execution of King Charles I.

Why the Old Brick Church Matters

Why the Old Brick Church Matters

In preparation for our Oct. 2nd event, Thompson Mayes, the Vice President and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, discusses why old places matter.

The First Christians in Virginia

The First Christians in Virginia

This month we discuss the undertold narrative of Catholic Christians in 16th century Chesapeake, Recusants at Jamestown, a mysterious member of the House of Burgesses and George Washington’s advocacy for religious freedom.

King Charles I and the Rise of Civil War!

King Charles I and the Rise of Civil War!

King Charles I inherited from his father, James I (also referred to as James VI of Scotland), a divided kingdom when it came to matters of religion. England was also the ruler of Presbyterian Scotland and the largely Catholic Ireland. Closer to home, there were many dissenting groups; Brownists, Diggers, Levellers, and Enthusiasts just to name a few.

King Philip’s War and Bacon’s Rebellion: Colonial Paradigms and their Effects

King Philip’s War and Bacon’s Rebellion: Colonial Paradigms and their Effects

The British colonization of North America, not unlike most other colonizations, centered around the prospect of wealth and interest in evangelization. It is no surprise then that many of the conflicts that occurred in the British colonies started out of the friction this caused between the Native Americans and the colonists.

The Church of the Empire!

The Church of the Empire!

When modern people think of church, we think of a voluntary gathering of like-minded people, who meet to worship God and endeavor to strengthen their spiritual lives. The Church of the 17th century, especially in Virginia, has to be seen in a different light. Within the Empire of Great Britain, the church was a vehicle of the state to promote its imperialistic goals.