Smithfield and Isle of Wight County, one of the oldest county governments in the country, are vital components of our nation's beginnings. Today, Smithfield, known worldwide for ham, is a cultural arts destination and quaint river town. The area offers year-round cultural arts events, and with the Smithfield Station and several other area marinas, downtown Smithfield is easily accessible by water and land.
Events: Plan your trip around our many local events and concerts including: SmARTs (Smithfield Monthly Arts Stroll), Olde Towne Curb Market (featuring live music every week), Friday night summer concert series, Fridays on the Boardwalk at Smithfield Station, Wednesday night music at the IBX Bar & Grill at Smithfield Station, Aiken & Friends Music Fest, Smithfield Olden Days Festival, Smithfield Music concerts or the Sundays at Four Concert Series.
Shopping: Be sure to visit our Visitor Center - also home to the Arts Center @ 319 - offering tourist information, a gallery/gift shop and the chance to chat with resident artists. Browse the unique shops & galleries of Smithfield's historic district including the Genuine Ham Shop.
History: The Isle of Wight County Museum offers an overview of the county's history & the world's oldest ham, a 1902 example of Smithfield's famous ham curing process. Just across the street is the Old Courthouse of 1750, modeled after the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg. The Olde Towne Walking Tour of the Historic District boasts over 50 historic buildings exuding the charm of bygone eras.
Dining: Smithfield offers a variety of dining options, such as the Smithfield Station, Smithfield Inn, Gourmet Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor, Olde World Tea Company & Lisa's Sweet Shop. Another unique establishment is Captain Chuck-a-Muck's on the river in the scenic village of Rescue.
Lodging: Located right in the historic downtown district are Smithfield Station, the Smithfield Inn and Mansion on Main Bed & Breakfast.
Last Updated: 9/12/2011 4:39 PM