The property received its name from Smith's Fort, built on a bluff above Gray's Creek in 1609 by Captain John Smith as a retreat in the event of an Indian attack. Directly across from Jamestown, it was built sometime between 1751 and 1765, the story-and-a-half brick house is laid in Flemish bond and was home to Jacob Faulcon and his family. A gabled roof is accented with dormer windows. Its architectural significance lies in the interior where much of the original woodwork still exists.
Smith's Fort Plantation is open from March to December,Monday (Mondays open Memorial to Labor Day only), Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Also, Smith's Fort Plantation is open the weekend after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.