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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Smithfield Virginia Church

Known as the "Old Brick Church" as it was called prior to the Revolution.    Historic St. Luke's Church is the oldest existing church of English foundation in America circa 1632 and the only surviving Gothic structure in the nation.


  It was  Anglican originally and after the Revolutionary war it became Episcopal.

windows in the east end 
 
About 99 percent of the brick you see here is original 
A wicket door you can see here


No Virginia colonial church had stained glass windows.  The original was diamond paned leaded glass.  Windows were replaced in the 1900's.   The  Victorian style remains in place today. 
Interior Jacobean finishing has  Tuscan columns formed from the trunk of a tree.
I didn't get pictures of the inside because it seems as usual for us it wasn't open the day we were there. 

  Immediately surrounding the church is the historic  graveyard.

Historical graveside Angel
The detail after so many years remain

I am sharing with inspired Sunday

15 comments:

  1. Good to see a redbrick church in your country.

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  2. too bad you couldnt get inside, what an awesome peice of history though, 1632!!

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  3. Great history behind this church. Love all the tall windows it has. Nice shots.

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  4. I would love to visit that church! Great photos. Thank you for sharing the with us.

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  5. thanks so much for sharing this great piece of history! One more place to add to the visit list!!!

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  6. I love the brickwork and how it has withstood the test of time! Great windows too.

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  7. That's a wonderful place! Thanks for showing it.

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  8. I love the info. you shared. so great. love this church. those details are amazing!!

    have a great week. ( :

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  9. Such a quaint old church. It is really beautiful and I loved seeing the churchyard beside it. Twyla

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  10. Betsy, this is simply wonderful. I love the window arrangement. Thanks for the info you posted, too.

    And thanks for sharing it in InSPIREd Sunday!

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  11. WOW!! what a wonderful building!!

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  12. Betsy: I love that glorious pink rose. It takes a minute for it to load so I get to see every inch of it. So beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, what a lovely old church and that grave site angel. As I scrolled down I got into your last post, which I missed before. Those barns are just magnificent. Love the one in the fog. Certainly you must frame a lot of your photos!..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  13. Oh wow, that's amazing! We don't have any buildings around here that date back that far! Love the cemetery angel. Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Gina

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  14. Very beautiful & I LOVE that huge wood door, gorgeous! =)

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