‘Living history’ St. Luke’s event features 17th century Isle of Wight life

Published 4:36 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2022

St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum will present a two-day “living history” event Sept. 10 and 11.

The grounds will be open each day between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., during which time costumed reenactors and historians will be on site to tell of Isle of Wight County’s history from 1619 through 1699.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Buck Woodard of American University’s Department of Anthropology will present a lecture titled “The Religions and Spiritualities of the Powhatan People.” On Sunday at 1 p.m., Mark Summers, director of youth and public programming at Historic Jamestowne, will present a lecture titled “Bacon and Berkeley: the Crisis of Cavalier Leadership.”

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General admission, to include both lectures, is free, and funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Registration is required, though, for the two lectures. To register, visit https://stlukesmuseum.org/17th-century-lectures/.

On Saturday at 4 p.m. The Locrian Consort will play a selection of 17th century music featuring English Stuart era chamber music and musical instruments that have fallen out of fashion since the 1600s. Tickets to the concert are $15 each, with 80 seats available. Tickets can be purchased at https://stlukesmuseum.org/product/17th-century-benefit-concert-by-the-locrian-consort/

“St. Luke’s is proud once again to provide educational and enlightening programming to South of the James audiences,” said St. Luke’s executive director, Todd Ballance. “This year’s ‘17th century Isle of Wight: A Living History Event’ represents a return to on-site programming since March 2020 when the Museum had to amend operations due to Covid-19 restrictions.” 

Georgia’s Ribs and Catering will set up a food truck on site on both days.