Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Historic St. Luke Church...The world around me

Continuing with my "The World Around Me"

Yesterday was one of those misty, half raining yucky days, so my husband and I took a drive. I know it sounds crazy to go site seeing in that kind of weather, but I wanted to stop by the St. Luke Church in Smithfield VA and take some photos. I had some of the cemetery and church on my computer but had lost them when it crashed last year and I have been hoping to replace them.

I wanted to go inside the church so I could take photos to show everyone. They have a wonderful old organ that is over 300 years old and some beautiful stain glass windows.

When we arrived I learned that the church is closed for the month of January,so the inside photos will have to wait until another time. I did however take several photos of the outside and hope you enjoy them.
Here is a brief history of the church.

Founded in 1632, Historic St Luke's Church is the oldest church of English origin in America and is the oldest example of Gothic architecture in America. Located in Smithfield, Va. - Isle of Wight County. The church was originally referred to as the "Old Brick Church" until named St. Luke's Episcopal Church in 1820. The church has played a prominent role in the early colonial era as well as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In 1953 St' Luke's was declared a National Shrine and in 1960 becomes a National Historical Landmark.

I also took some photos of the cemetery
Yes, I know, I have one of those sick twisted kind of minds that think cemeteries look cool in the dead of winter in the rain and mist. Ok I admit it I have watched one to many episodes of ghost hunters ha ha

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Blogger Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful, Patty. I love old churches. In fact we visited a similar church not too far from you--when we left the area after our visit to W-burg/Jamestown/Yorktown in June of '07. I'll have to look up that church and blog about it..


January 20, 2009 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger hippymummy said...

Looks like a lovely old place, looking forward to the pics from inside when it opens again xXx

January 20, 2009 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

What a great old church and I'm with you on cemeteries looking especially interesting in the "dead of winter"!

January 20, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

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