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Memorial Park Cemetery

 

A BRIEF HISTORY

St. Luke’s, also known as The Brick Church, The Old Brick Church, and Historic St. Luke’s Church, has enjoyed a long and vibrant history supported by a passionate community.

Since 1953, Historic St. Luke’s Restoration, doing business today as St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum, has been the steward of this American icon and treasure. As an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 non-profit, the Museum is dedicated to the preservation of this 43-acre national historic landmark.

St. Luke’s partners with local churches to host periodic religious services while providing daily guided tours, special events, and lectures which satisfy its mission to preserve, promote, and protect St. Luke’s Church and the its surrounding cemetery and grounds.

BECOME PART OF HISTORY

Nestled on the edge of beautiful Isle of Wight County, St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum Cemeteries, the Ancient Cemetery, Memorial Park Cemetery, and Columbarium, capture the peace and calm of colonial gardens rich with ancient boxwoods and hardwood trees. Here, thousands of Virginians rest where good stewardship and an active historical interpretation and education program assure their memory. Join our community and leave your legacy in a place of unparalleled historic significance at Virginia’s Oldest Church Building and Open Cemetery.

INVEST IN A GRAVESITE OR COLUMBARIUM NICHE

With your purchase of a cemetery gravesite or columbarium niche, you receive our commitment to perpetual care. We assure you that your investment and choice is protected and preserved for centuries to come. We are in the business of education and preservation of the 43-acre campus, national historic landmark, and national patriotic shrine through active educational lectures, special events, daily guided tours, and research.

TRUE PERPETUAL CARE

Our cemeteries and columbarium are associated with Historic St. Luke’s Restoration (HSLR) doing business as St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum. As an IRS-recognized, education-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we assure you and your loved ones that in addition to good stewardship of our perpetual care fund, we also operate this non-profit organization hosting thousands of guests per year.

BI-ANNUAL FLOWER REMOVAL

We remove cemetery flowers twice a year: January 15th and August 1st. 

THE CEMETERIES & PRICING

ANCIENT CEMETERY

MOST EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED QUANTITY

$4,000

PER BURIAL SITE

Additional fees:

  • Administrative fee – $150 per deed
  • Attorney’s fee – $50 per deed
  • Recordation fee as set by the isle of wight county clerk of the court

MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY

$2,000

PER BURIAL SITE

Additional fees:

  • Administrative fee – $150 per deed
  • Attorney’s fee – $50 per deed
  • Recordation fee as set by the isle of wight county clerk of the court

COLUMBARIUM

$1,000

PER BURIAL SITE

Additional fees:

  • Administrative fee – $150 per deed
  • Opening & closing services, including urn – $200 per interment
  • Inscribed bronze marker – $200

NEXT STEPS:

For more information, including pricing and availability, please contact Fred Hodges, Sales & Services Manager, at (757) 357-3367 or via email at fhodges@stlukesmuseum.org.

CEMETERY POLICIES

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Memorial Park Cemetery

 

“This monument to the founders of our country is in truth a national shrine.”

President Dwight Eisenhower, October 12, 1956

WHEN WAS IT BUILT?

Local legend would date the completion of the church building to 1632. Scores of passionate people have treasured and passed down stories to following generations which support the 1632 date. Architectural historians, archaeologists, and historians have examined the evidence and now suggest a completion date between 1685 and 1687. Architectural historians feel comfortable with the claim that St. Luke’s remains Virginia’s oldest surviving church building.

WHAT KIND OF ARCHITECTURE IS THE CHURCH BUILDING?

This very rare example of Artisan Mannerism Architecture from 17th-century Virginia is beloved and revered. There are romanesque, gothic, and Jacobean influences in the design. No known architect or original architectural renderings are associated with its design. Instead, construction is believed to have been undertaken by skilled artisans reflecting on examples from England.

HOW MUCH OF THE CHURCH BUILDING IS ORIGINAL?

The venerable church building has stood the test of time through the intervention of two preservation campaigns which restored and preserved the building from ruin. While the exterior is mainly original brick, the same can not be said for most of the building’s interior and interior furnishings.

WHAT DOES THIS CHURCH BUILDING MEAN AND SYMBOLIZE?

Today, this National Historic Landmark, National Patriotic Shrine, and symbol of American Religious Freedom, continues to inspire and educate Americans about the importance of our 1st Amendment Rights and the unique nature of the American Constitutional Republic.

CONTACT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Contact Rachel Popp, Education Coordinator, at (757) 357-3367 or via email at rpopp@stlukesmuseum.org with any questions about the Education Department or our many projects.

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

– Thomas Jefferson