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Day Trip: Smithfield

Be sure to visit the Historic Triangle’s #1 Day-Trip Destination—Genuine Smithfield! A relaxing (and free!) ferry ride across the James River and a lovely country drive brings you to the heart of Main Street.

Located on the banks of the Pagan River, the historic area bustles with galleries, restaurants and specialty shops among Gothic, Colonial and Victorian homes. The river takes center stage in the town, where area icon, Smithfield Station, holds the spotlight with its hotel, restaurant, marina, shops, and the only lighthouse on the East Coast that offers overnight accommodations. Just across the street is one of three convenient entrances to Windsor Castle Park with its natural playscape area for children, 2.8 miles of walking trails, a rolling kayak/canoe launch (and seasonal outfitter), picnic areas and mountain bike path.

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Smithfield’s Visitor Center

Great dining abounds in the Ham Capital of the World—from the historic Smithfield Inn (serving diners since 1752!), and riverside dining at Smithfield Station, to a gourmet bakery, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, specialty coffee shops and Taste of Smithfield, the flagship ham shop and café of Smithfield Foods. The area also boasts two brewpubs, a vineyard, distillery and meadery.

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Begin your visit at Smithfield’s Visitor Center, which shares space with the Arts Center @319 where you can peruse the gallery and gift shop. Historic attractions include St. Luke’s Church and Museum, the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse, Fort Boykin Park, Fort Huger and the Schoolhouse Museum. Stop by the Isle of Wight Museum with its replica Smokehouse, Civil War exhibit and its most notable artifact—the world’s oldest ham. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center for a self-guided tour of the town’s Porcine Parade—eight life-size hog statues located throughout the historic district.

Plan your trip around one of the many special events the town offers from outdoor concerts and two vintage markets to our award-winning farmers market and the Smithfield Arts Festival. You’re sure to enjoy your time in one of the most idyllic small towns in the USA—Genuine Smithfield! , 757-357-5182.


smithfield va charm

Day Trip: Smithfield

A relaxing (and free!) ferry ride across the James River and a lovely country drive brings you to the heart of downtown Genuine Smithfield.

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