Smithfield, incorporated in 1752, maintains its quaint river town feel & is known worldwide for its famous ham curing process. Smithfield's historic district is the perfect "park & go" destination.
Shopping & Art: Begin your visit to Smithfield at the Visitor Center - also home to the Arts Center @ 319 - offering tourist information, a gallery/gift shop & the chance to chat with resident artists. Browse the exclusive shops & galleries of Smithfield's historic district, including the Southern Chic Trading, Wharf Hill Antiques, & the Christmas Store. Further down Church Street are the Boardwalk Shops at Smithfield Station featuring Girl This! & Victoria's Rose.
History: The Isle of Wight County Museum offers an overview of the county's history & the world's oldest ham, an example of Smithfield's distinct curing process. 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 Downtown boasts over 50 historic buildings exuding the charm of bygone eras.
Events: Plan your trip around our local events & concerts including, Smithfield Farmer's Market, Friday night summer concert series, Aiken & Friends Music Fest, Smithfield Olden Days Festival, Smithfield Music concerts and dramatic productions at Smithfield Little Theatre, or the "Sundays at Four" Concert Series. You might also enjoy a massage at EnCore Pilates Studio, or an art class at the Arts Center @ 319, all conveniently located downtown.
Dining: Smithfield offers a variety of dining options, such as the Smithfield Station, historic Smithfield Inn, Gourmet Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor, Taste of Smithfield, Jeff's Sir Cakes-A-Lot, & Ringo's Donuts.
Lodging: Located in the historic downtown district are Smithfield Station, the Smithfield Inn & Mansion on Main Bed & Breakfast. The Mansion also offers guided tours of its elaborate Victorian manor.