Day Trip: Smithfield

A short trip along the scenic Colonial Parkway (or Jamestown Road) to the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry, a relaxing (free!) ferry ride across the James River and a lovely country drive along Route 10 brings you to the heart of downtown Smithfield.

Small-Town Southern Charm in Smithfield

Enjoy a little piece of heaven on the banks of the Pagan River. The Historic area bustles with galleries, restaurants and specialty shops among quaint Gothic, stately Colonial and sprawling Victorian homes. The river takes center stage in the historic district where area icon, Smithfield Station, holds the spotlight with its replica Victorian Coast Guard Station hotel, restaurant, marina and lighthouse! Just across the street is one of three convenient entrances to Smithfield’s riverside Windsor Castle Park with its brand-new children’s Natural Playscape playground, more than four miles of trails, a state-of-the-art kayak/canoe launch (rentals available seasonally), picnic areas and a mountain bike path.

Notable Eats in Smithfield

Great dining abounds in the “Ham Capital of the World,” from the historic Smithfield Inn and riverside dining at Smithfield Station, to a gourmet bakery, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and “Taste of Smithfield,” the flagship ham shop and café of Smithfield Foods. The town also boasts its own brewpub—Wharf Hill Brewing Company.

What to Do in Smithfield

Begin your visit at Smithfield’s Visitor Center, which shares space with the Arts Center at 319 where you can peruse the gallery and gift shop. Historic attractions include St. Luke’s Church, the Old Courthouse of 1750, Fort Boykin Park, Fort Huger and the Schoolhouse Museum. Stop by the Isle of Wight Museum with its Smokehouse and Civil War exhibits, and most notable artifact—the world’s oldest ham. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center for a self-guided Porcine Parade tour to see Smithfield’s pig statues situated throughout the historic district; each statue was created by a local artist to reflect the region’s culture and heritage.

Plan your trip around one of the many special events the area offers—from free outdoor concerts to an award-winning farmers market. You’re sure to enjoy your time in one of the most idyllic small towns in the USA—Genuine Smithfield, Virginia!

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