20. St. Luke’s, Anglican
12 chemin Quispamsis Road, Quispamsis (1831)
This interesting Georgian style church is in the parish of Gondola Point. Perched high on a steep hillside overlooking the Kennebecasis River, it was built in 1831. Bishop John Inglis, of Halifax, consecrated St. Luke’s in the summer of 1835. He was so impressed by this beautiful church he asked for the architectural drawings to assist in the building of other churches.
At the east end of the church, in gold lettering, you see large hand painted copies of the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles Creed, and the Ten Commandments. A gallery at the back of the church, supported with classical columns, has the organ and a place for the choir which today provides a blend of traditional and contemporary music. The builder of St. Luke’s church was also a local ship builder. The influence of his trade is seen in the arched ceiling, which looks like the inverted hull of a ship. The church also has a distinctive Palladian east window and an open-lantern belfry, which are of interest.
A graveyard surrounds the church, with headstones dating as old as 1823, before the actual founding of the church itself.
Having welcomed worshipers for over 170 years St. Luke’s was made a National Historic Site in 1996.