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The Civil War in Smithfield: A Living History Weekend

The Civil War in Smithfield: A Living History Weekend Admittance is the price of General Admission ($8) Living historians, demonstrations, and more can be found at this living history weekend at Historic St. Luke’s. Learn more about the Civil War’s effect...

The Civil War in Smithfield: A Living History Weekend

Period vendors, living historians, modern food vendors, demonstrations, and more can be found at this living history weekend at Historic St. Luke’s. Learn more about the Civil War’s effect on the town of Smithfield at this annual event. Admi9ttance to the...

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...

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...

Benn’s Church in the Civil War: A Living History Weekend 2017

Historic St. Luke’s presents a living history weekend complete with reenactors. Portrayals include  1861 – 62 Confederates of “Camp Ruffin” and 1864 Battle of Smithfield Union troops. A rare Civil War Coffee Wagon will be on display, which...

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...

Living Historian Richard Greathouse and Our Civil War Weekend

Living Historian Richard Greathouse of the 3rd Virginia Infantry visited Historic St. Luke’s Church on March 2nd for an interview with Education Coordinator Rachel Popp. They discussed his long involvement in Living History and how he first got involved in the hobby....