Attractions

The Smithfield & Isle of Wight County CVB shares space with its tourism partner, the Arts Center @ 319.

 

Smithfield & Isle of Wight Visitor Center

319 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-5182 or (800) 365-9339

Hours:

Monday thru Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day

Our Visitor Center and the offices for the Smithfield & Isle of Wight Convention & Tourism Bureau are located at 319 Main Street in Historic Downtown Smithfield. The center also shares space with its tourism partner the Arts Center @ 319. Be sure your first stop in town is the Visitor Center for a historic walking tour map and for information on all our area attractions, lodgings, dining options and special events. Pick up sample itineraries that fit a one-day trip to town or a week-long stay. Personalized itineraries are also available, as well as sample walking and photo tours. We also offer docents for group tours if given notice of your visit.

 

Map of Genuine Smithfield

"Hams, History, Hospitality & HeART" Quiz

Download the Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour

Take an iPod tour of Genuine Smithfield

Download our Children's Coloring Book/Scavenger Hunt

Visit the Farms of Isle of Wight County

Genealogical Research in Smithfield & Isle of Wight

8 Rainy Day Things to do in Genuine Smithfield

 

Watch our Genuine History Video on YouTube!

 

                

 

Smithfield: Grand Prize Winner plus 2 Additional National "America In Bloom" Awards

 

Smithfield Wins "Prettiest Painted Places" Grand Prize for Southeast Region - Small Towns 

Check out this great article by Jeremy Glover of the Richmond Times Dispatch - May 2014

 

 


 

"Magnolia" - Photo by Lee Poe

Historic Downtown Smithfield's "Porcine Parade

Smithfield's Newest Attraction!

(757) 357-5182

Smithfield is proud to present eight life-size statues of market hogs, painted by local artists to reflect an aspect of the town’s rich history, culture & recreation. This public/private partnership uses the best known symbol of the “Ham Capital of the World” to celebrate the agricultural roots and cultural history of the Town of Smithfield. Donated by generous sponsors and selected by a jury of the Isle of Wight Arts League, these unique statues became permanent residents in June 2012. We invite you to stroll through our lovely town to savor each work of art. Pick up a map and brochure at the Visitor Center (319 Main Street).

Download a map/brochure of the Porcine Pararde

 

Porcine Parade on Pinterest!

 


 

Photo by Todd Cairns

 

Windsor Castle Park

301 Jericho Road, Smithfield

(757) 356-9939

Located right in downtown Smithfield, this brand new riverside park features 4 miles of a woodland trail system, orchards, picnic areas, a dog park, a state-of-the-art kayak and canoe launch, fishing pier, scenic overlooks and the Windsor Castle Historic Site.

Hours:

Open daily dawn until dusk.

Free admission

 

Windsor Castle Park kayak rentals:
Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from May through September.

Reservations can be made, but are not required.
Groups can be acommodated on Fridays and other days of the week with advanced notice.
(757) 359-0846, 301 Jericho Road
All kayaks must be in by 6 p.m. each day.
Rentals are $10 per hour per kayak
2 person kayak is $ 20 per hour
Includes paddle and personal flotation device
(757) 359-0846
windsorcastlekayaks@yahoo.com
Go to WindsorCastlePark.com for upcoming history and night paddle tours.

 

 

 


 

Historic St. Luke's Church

14477 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield

(757) 357-3367

Historic Saint Luke's Church, circa 1632, is located four miles south of Smithfield's Historic District. It is the oldest existing church of English foundation in America and is this country's only surviving original brick Gothic church. See the Jacobean interior and original 17th century silver alter fittings, baptismal font and communion table and chairs. It also houses the nation's oldest, intact organ. Visit their gift shop onsite for souvenirs and gifts.

Hours:

November - March
Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

April - October
Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Closed in January

Guided Tours:

Adults: $5.00

Seniors (62 and over): $4.00

Active Duty Military: $4.00

Student (7 – 17): $3.00

Children under 7: Free

Historic St. Luke's Church is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums Program.

Historic St. Luke’s Church is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

API Services and New River Kinematics teamed up this past May for a historic preservation project at Historic St. Luke's Church by creating a full building 3D scan and collecting data to keep records for the church and its ongoing restoration.

 



 

 

The Arts Center @ 319

319 Main Street, Smithfield

(757) 357-7707

The Arts Center @ 319, co-located with the Smithfield Visitor Center, exhibits the works of local and regional artists in multiple shows throughout the year. The Arts Center also hosts working studios for eight resident artists, a gift shop that features creations by its member artists and an arts classroom. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the resident artists as new works are being created.

Hours:

Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 noon -4:00 p.m.

 

 


 

Stained Glass dome

Reproduction turn-of-the-century Country Store

 

Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main Street, Smithfield

(757) 356-1223, (757) 356-1014

$2 Admission for adults

Interpreting local history, the museum's exhibits include prehistoric fossils, the Civil War, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum's most notable artifact - the world's oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.

Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Take an iPod tour of downtown Smithfield!

 

 


 

 

 

The Old Courthouse of 1750

130 Main Street, Smithfield

(757) 356-9016

Free Admission

Download a History of the 1750 Courthouse

The Old Courthouse of 1750 is located in the historic Town of Smithfield. Originally modeled after the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg, the building is beautifully restored.

Please note!

The 1750 Courthouse is closed during the month of January and open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of February.

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

 

 


 

Photograph by David Sawyer of the 1st Virginia Volunteer Infantry from Scottsdale, Arizona who visited Fort Huger in May of 2008. Visit their website for more photos of their trip to Virginia

 

Historic Fort Huger

15080 Talcott Terrace, Smithfield

(757) 357-0115

Free Admission

Historic Fort Huger, the "Gateway to the Confederate Capital," is located in the northern reaches of Isle of Wight County off route 10 and 8 miles from downtown Smithfield. View the ghost fleet on the James River, take the self-guided walking tour through the new trails and see the cannon mounted along the edges of the fort. Fort Huger is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contact the Visitor Center to arrange a custom tour.

Stop by the Visitor Center for a map to Fort Huger, located 8 miles from downtown Smithfield.

Please note that the regular route to Fort Huger is blocked due to construction/repairs. Please use this alternate route to the site.

Detour Map to Fort Huger


Hours: Daily from 8:00 a.m. until dusk .

Watch a video on Fort Huger!

Dedication of Historic Fort Huger

"Fort Boykin Historic Park - Smithfield VA" Video by Steve Fedryk

 

 


 

 

The Schoolhouse Museum

516 Main Street, Smithfield

(757) 365-4789

Free Admission

An African-American History Museum of Public Education built in 1932, the museum features period desks and books, and offers oral histories of those who attended the school.

New Hours (beginning August 1, 2012) :

Friday & Saturday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
By appointment Sunday through Thursday

Closed the month of January

 

 


 

Fort Boykin Historic Park

7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Isle of Wight

(757) 357-0115

Free Admission

Fort Boykin Historic Park is situated high on the bluffs of the James River about six miles west of Smithfield. Originally named "The Castle," it was later named for Maj. Francis Boykin, a local merchant and one-time sheriff of Isle of Wight County, who fought alongside George Washington. Construction was begun in 1623 to protect the colonists from the Indians and raiding Spaniards. The fort, built in the shape of a seven pointed star, remains essentially intact and constitutes a well-preserved example of military architecture of the Civil War era.

Hours:
Daily from 8:00 a.m.-dusk.

Map to Fort Boykin

 

 


 

Photo by Todd Cairns

Darden's Country Store & Smokehouse

16249 Bowling Green Road, Smithfield

(757) 357-6791

This classic country store and smokehouse has been in operation since 1952 and is still run as a family business. Visitors and shoppers can peruse hanging hams, side meat, country cheese, barbeque and peanuts. Feel free to browse, but shopping is encouraged!

Hours:

Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday

 


 

Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour

Visitor Center: 319 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-5182 or (800) 365-9339

The Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour of the historic district boasts over 50 buildings of exceptional architectural importance, exuding the charm and graciousness of bygone eras. Several of the homes are listed on the National Registry. Stop by or call the Visitor Center and we will be delighted to give you a map for a self-guided tour, or (with three weeks notice) set up a guided tour. Please call for details.

For an in depth look at the Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour, visit GenuineSmithfieldVA.com

Hours:

Monday thru Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving,Christmas & New Year's Days.


Take an iPod tour of downtown Smithfield!

 


 

Mansion on Main Historic House Tours

36 Main Street, Smithfield

(757) 357-0006

Visit the 1889 "Mansion on Main," (as restored by Sala Clark) home of Smithfield's Victorian era historian, R. S. (Richard Samuel) Thomas, deemed a "Virginian of Virginians" in the Virginia Historical Society's journal upon his death. This architectural showpiece stands proudly on the corner of the original colonial roads: Main and Church Streets. Locals referred to the home as the "Mansion on Main" while it was being built at the top of Wharf Hill. It was the largest home in the town of Smithfield until the P. D. Gwaltney, Jr. house was built in 1901 and the Berryman Mansion in 1910 (both are located on S. Church St).

But it was the Mansion that changed the face of downtown from Victorian cottage and federal style homes to the "trend-setting" urban architecture with Queen Anne and Art Nouveau influences. The mansion features museum-quality antiques and Victorian to Edwardian period furnishings.

Saturday Guided Tours:

Tours of the mansion are available on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to gather at the Mansion House Art & Antiques Shop (located at 120 N. Church Street, directly behind the garden of Mansion on Main).

Scheduled Guided Tours:

Tours are also available by appointment. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. There is a $1 per person donation request for groups of 15 or more. (Times may vary slightly depending on B&B traffic and some seasonal and holiday considerations may affect availability.)

 


 

Photo by Brett England

Photo by Brett England

Nike-Ajax Missile Site N-75

13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton, VA 23314

(757) 357-0115

The former Nike-Ajax missile base is now home to the Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation Department. Many buildings still stand including the barracks, mess hall, administration and recreation building and officer/non-commissioned officer family housing. Visitors can also see the fueling area and concrete slabs that mark the location of the underground missile magazines.
Visitors are welcome to walk or drive through Site N-75 and recall the experience of soldiers stationed in remote areas.

The site is now a park which features softball and soccer fields, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, picnic areas, nature and mountain bike trails, skate park, playgrounds, senior center and a recreation hall. In addition, there are fishing opportunities in Jones Creek.

Hours: The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Take a video tour of the Nike Park Missile Site.

 

 


 

Bronze Statues

Life-size bronze statues depicting such figures as Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost and the “Valentine Couple” are placed throughout town, Miniatures of many of the bronzes are available for purchase at Imagine Art Studio.

Download our Lundeen Bronze Statues brochure for more information and a map showing the location of each statue.

 


 

"Tractor Dreams" by Maggie Stoup

Visit the Farms of Isle of Wight County!

Take a tour, buy some locally grown fresh produce and learn more about where your food comes from! Get lost in a pumpkin maze, bump along on a hay ride, touch the soft wool of an alpaca, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the rural setting. The farms of Isle of Wight County listed on our "Farm Tours" webpage welcome visitors and shoppers alike.

 


 

PHOTO BY DAVID SAWYER

 

Christ Episcopal Church

111 South Church Street, Smithfield

(757) 357-2826

Established in 1832, when the congregation moved from St Luke’s into a small building on the current property deeded to the church by Mallory Todd, founder of the first Smithfield ham business. 

In 1872 two vestibule towers were added and stained glass windows began to replace shuttered, small paned window openings changing the façade. These windows were designed by Tiffany, Franz Mayer (Munich style) and J& R Lamb Studios. The recent book, “Scared Light,” by Nenette Arroyo features three of the stained glass windows in Christ Episcopal Church.

Be sure to stop by the Garden of Readen at Christ Church for books, videos and artwork. Call first for appointment.

Hours:

Church Tours are available Monday – Thursday from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, or for appointment call (757) 357 2826 or (757) 675 5777.

 


 

Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800

and Randall Booth Records Room

Route 258 Courthouse Road, Isle of Wight

(757) 357-3191

Isle of Wight Courthouse (circa 1800) - was originally built by Francis Boykin for the county in good faith so that the new courthouse would be conveniently relocated to his property, and right next door to Boykin's Tavern. The original courthouse is still in use today, though the building has expanded greatly with the times.

The 1800 Courthouse is a great source of genealogy as the county records were never disturbed or burned during the Civil War.

The Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court is located in the new Randall Booth Records Room and is a good place to conduct genealogical research. The Office contains will records, deeds, birth, death and marriage records.

For additional records and information on how to begin tracing your family history visit the Library of Virginia's Website. Many of the records stored in the Clerk's Office can be accessed through this link.
Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 


 

Smithfield Little Theatre

210 N. Church Street, Smithfield

(757) 357-7338

The Smithfield Little Theatre is housed in a state-of-the-art facility and hosts professional-quality shows throughout the year.

Call or visit the theater's website for a list of their upcoming shows.

 


 

Summer Wind Vineyards & Christmas Tree Farm

18296 Day's Point Road, Smithfield

(757) 357-2841

This vineyard offers tours by appointment and holds special events throughout the year.

The Christmas tree farm is open in November and December. Enjoy a cup of hot cider while picking out your tree or one of our many fresh wreaths.

 


 

Boykin's Tavern

17146 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight

(757) 357-5182

Hours:

Boykin's Tavern is open for self-guided tours Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and by appointment on Saturdays.

Guided tours are available upon request and with sufficient notice. The cost is $5 per person/$20 minimum. Call (757) 408-1935 for further information or to schedule a tour.

 

 


 

Post Office Mural

234 Main Street , Smithfield

The mural, installed in the Smithfield Post Office in 1941, was created by artist William Abbott Cheever, and depicts Captain John Smith and his men trading with the Warraskoyack Tribe in Burwell's Bay on the James River in September of 1607.

 


 

Hayden's Lane

Located in the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Smithfield and running between Main and Grace Streets, Hayden's Lane was originally the driveway to Hayden Hall, an early girls' school. The garden department of the Woman's Club of Smithfield and the town created a lovely sitting garden and walkway to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Hayden's Lane is available to rent for special events through the Smithfield Center.

 


 

Hettie's Garden Vineyard

21096 Orbit Road, Windsor (just past the Isle of Wight Courthouse)

(757) 636-2105

Pick your own Concord, Red Seedless, Scuppernong or Muscadine grapes! Over 18 varieties and 400 vines.

Hours:

mid-August through October.

Monday - Friday 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 


Windsor, Virginia

The town of Windsor, the heart of Isle of Wight County, sits at the intersection of Routes 460 and 258. Windsor's original name, given to it by Native Americans, was Carowaugh or Corrowaugh, which translated means "Frog Pond."

The Commonwealth Gin

25165 Buckhorn Drive, Windsor

(757) 242-3566

A working cotton gin that offers tours to groups of 10 or more with advance notice.

 


 

Surry, Virginia

Surry County lies just 15 minutes from the Smithfield Historic District via Route 10.

 

Chippokes Plantation State Park

695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry

(757) 294-3625

This lovely and well-maintained state park is home to one of the oldest continuous plantations in the country. Camping facilities are available.

 

Jamestown/Scotland Ferry

This lovely FREE ferry ride connects the Historic Triangle with Surry, Smithfield & Isle of Wight County! The 15-minute ride across the James River will give you a unique view of the land. It's not hard to imagine what the first colonists saw as they traveled on the same river almost 400 years ago. Year-round.

Call 1-800-VA FERRY for the ferry schedule.

 


 

Nearby Attractions

Smithfield is located in the Coastal Virginia Region with many nearby cities, towns and attractions located within an hour's drive. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the cities but come home to the quiet and peacefulness of the country.

 


 

Isle of Wight, England

Our county's namesake and "sister city." www.isleofwighttouristguide.com

 


 

Choose an itinerary!

Creative Cats! Smithfield, Virginia is where the HeART is!

Ecothusiasts! Relax on the River in Smithfield.

Ecothusiasts! Smithfield & Isle of Wight County: A Favorite "Bike-Friendly" Destination!

Ecothusiasts! Enjoy a Fishing Weekend in Smithfield!

Foodie at Heart? History Addict? Visit Smithfield - Home of the World Famous Ham!

History Addict?1634 to the present - experience the history of Smithfield & Isle of Wight County.

History Addicts can learn the role of Smithfield & Isle of Wight County in the Civil War.

History Addict? Hams, History, Hospitality & HeART in Smithfield & Isle of Wight.

Front Row Fanatic? Enjoy Great Music on the Pagan River!

Small Town Hounds can stroll Smithfield: A "Park & Go" Getaway.

The Contribution of African Americans in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County

Smithfield & Isle of Wight celebrate a Rich Agricultural Tradition

Birding is a Flight of Fancy in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County

The Great Outdoors & More in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County

 

 


 

Smithfield & Isle of Wight CVB Staff:

Judy Hare Winslow, Director of Tourism

Lois Chapman Tokarz, Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Terry Rhinier, Event Coordinator

Deborah Marshall, Visitor Center Manager

Kathy Mountjoy, Group Tour Coordinator

Cheryl Ketcham, Farmer's Market Manager

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