A DREAM COME TRUE: Gen. Joseph Bridger’s Whitmarsh

By William P. Carrell II The author of the cryptic epitaph on the gravestone of Gen. Joseph Bridger (by 1631/2-1686) now in the chancel of St. Luke’s Church queried: “does nature silent mourn and can dumb stone make his true worth to future ages known?” Whoever that...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Pox and the Covenant – Tony Williams Interview

Tony Williams is the author of several books including; The Hurricane of Independence, The Jamestown Experiment, America’s Beginnings and most recently, a book co-authored with Stephen Knott; Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America. John Ericson,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Looking Below The Surface: Archaeology in Virginia

Keeping Up With The Joneses: An Archaeology Presentation presented by Nick Luccketti On Saturday October 29th Historic St. Luke’s will present a symposium on 17th archaeological evidence from Isle of Wight County and the surrounding Virginia Colony. The first...

Clash of Cultures: Native Americans and The Anglican Church

When English settlers first made contact with the Native People of North America, it was a priority that Christianity be shared and new converts won. Not just any Christianity, but the faith and traditions of the Church of England. Everyone remembers that Pocahontas...

Development Blog September: Twilight Cemetery Tours

Visitors who stroll around our 100-acre grounds are often intrigued by the variety of gravestones, the oldest of which dates back to 1767. In fact, Historic St. Luke’s has been the site of burials since the 1600’s, with unmarked graves being uncovered...

Music, Food, and Fun At Our 17th Century Event!

This weekend Historic St. Luke’s will hold a 17th century living history event entitled; The General from Whitemarsh; a celebration of Joseph Bridger. The weekend will highlight a number of great speakers but it is not limited to history alone. On Saturday evening,...

A 17th Century Religious Experience

On Sunday, September 11, 2016 Brett Walker of Colonial Williamsburg will be at Historic St. Luke’s Church as part of our event; The General from Whitemarsh, a Celebration of Joseph Bridger. Brett will lead us through a service of the word from the 1662 Book of Common...

Blazing Goats BBQ – Sept 10-11, 2016

During the “General from Whitemarsh:  A Celebration of Joseph Bridger:  A 17th-century living history weekend” September 10-11, 2016 the food truck featured will be Blazin Goats’ BBQ. Enjoy this video of their smoker on youtube. Stan Battle and his...

Twilight Cemetery Tour Teaser

Beneath the shade of a tree in the graveyard of Historic St. Luke’s Church stand two almost identical gravestones. The similarities between these stones do not end at the style and shape of the grave markers; the death dates listed are identical as well. Although...

Interview with Chief Walter "Red Hawk" Brown

On Thursday August 19, John Ericson, Museum Interpreter for Historic St. Luke’s Church sat down with Chief Brown to discuss the history of the Cheroenhaka Tribe and the Chief’s upcoming presentation at Historic St. Luke’s on September 10. The Cheroenhaka/Nottoway...

Dr. Doug Owsley Returns To Historic St. Luke's

In 2007 the Smithsonian Institute was in the midst of a project called Written in Bone, a project that offered biographies through human remains found at Jamestown and at Historic St. Luke’s Church. Col. Joseph Bridger of Whitemarsh (1629-1686) was one of the...

God and Country: Loyalist Clergy

The Revolutionary War created a dilemma for clergyman who had taken an oath of loyalty to the head of the Church of England, his Majesty King George III. By the 1770’s English clergy were facing a stark choice, stay and join the patriot cause or go back home to...

Where is Werowocomoco?

  In 2002 to 2003 an archaeological dig in Gloucester VA uncovered evidence that suggests that it is the site of the capital of the Powhatan Confederation known as Werowocomoco, a city that dates back to 1200 C.E. .  The National Park Service is currently...

"Is There Anyone Famous Buried Here?"

> One of the frequent questions we get at Historic St. Luke’s is; “is there anyone famous buried here”. Our response is that there is no one who is well known throughout the country but many who are near and dear to us. Among those are people who fought in our...

British Atlantic: Epilogue

On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 between 1 and 2:30 p.m. twenty-five guests and staff enjoyed Dr. Herbert’s presentation on the 17th and 18th-centuries Dissenters of the British Atlantic. She established the average Anglican experience from typical services to...

Epilogue: The Early African American Religious Experience Symposium

The Education Department at HSL held a well-received program, the second educational program in the 2016 Season, on Saturday, April 9th, 2016.  Drs. Cassandra Newby-Alexander and Kay Wright Lewis from Norfolk State University presented on the Early African American...

Todd Talk (April 2016)

As the seasons changed and snow gave way to pollen as Mother Nature’s preferred ground cover, the landscapers at HSL have been busy maintaining the ancient cemeteries and preparing for Annual Historic Garden Week April 23rd through 30th, 2016, the education team...

A Clash of Classes, by Molly Steele

Early last summer, a reliquary was found buried with one of the bodies that was unearthed behind the chancel. This discovery led to many interesting questions: were there more dissenters than originally thought in early Jamestown? Were dissenters given some sort of...

Race and Salvation! by John Ericson

On April 9, 2016, Historic St. Luke’s Church is proud to present a symposium on the early African American experience within the established Church of England. Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander will present on “Anglicanism, Race and Intolerance in Colonial Virginia”....

What's In The Box, by John Ericson

On Saturday April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. Historic St. Luke’s is proud to present Mark Summers, the Manager of Educational and Public Programs at Historic Jamestowne, will present on the recent findings from an archaeological project that discovered the foundations of the...

Artifact of The Month (March)

Order for Service – Dedication November 16, 1894. Accession # 2008.001.015 In the last decade and a half of the 19th century, the people of Christ Episcopal Church were engaged in a great effort to restore the “Old Brick Church” also known as St. Luke’s. The Reverend...

A History Of Misunderstandings, by John Ericson

Every year at Thanksgiving we hear a narrative about how our country was born in religious freedom. So the story goes, Pilgrims left England in search of a place where they could practice their faith, free of the persecution they faced in England. The story is...

Washington and Hamilton Lecture Teaser, by John Ericson

After George Washington, Thomas Jefferson seems to have won the hearts of much of modern America. But, it was Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, whose vision for America was far more prescient than the Arcadian vision of Mr. Jefferson. What is...

Richard Channing Moore and the Revival of the Episcopal Church

  Bishop James Madison succumbed to what he and his contemporaries called “dropsy” in March of 1812 (dropsy is the old fashion name for edema; a build up of fluid in the body’s cavities or tissues). By that time the Protestant Episcopal Church was in a troubling...