This web site offers fresh perspectives on the history of early America through the prism of the life, community, and worldview of Colonel Philip Ludwell III of Green Spring (Williamsburg), Virginia.
Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to Robert E. Lee. Over two hundred years later, his life and inspiring story of faith is becoming known and reshaping our view of the diversity of early America and its connections with the rest of the world.
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The more we investigate, the more we learn. In a sense, Philip Ludwell III was an invisible man of the colonial era compared to the famous names of the 18th century. And yet there he was – assisting Benjamin Franklin in charitable work, advocating for the appointment of a young George Washington as a Colonel in the Virginia Militia, advocating against the importation of African Slaves, and translating and publishing works of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith. Stay abreast of the latest information by subscribing to our email updates.
Philip Ludwell III was born in 1716 in Virginia. After completing his education at the College of William & Mary and marrying, he sailed to London in 1738 in order to be received into “the Holy Graeco-Russian Church.” One of the largest landowners in the colonies, he remained true to the ancient Eastern Christian faith till the end of his days and earned the esteem of his peers, including many of the Founding Fathers of the future United States of America. Read more.