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1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse

The Old Courthouse of 1750 is located in the historic Town of Smithfield. Originally modeled after the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg, the building is beautifully restored. The Courthouse is available any day or time for group tours with prior notice. It is also available for rental for special occasions. 

Bronze Sculptures by George Lundeen

Smithfield is proud to boast the country’s largest collection of bronze statues by acclaimed sculptor George Lundeen. Donated to the Town by former Smithfield Foods CEO, Joe Luter III, these striking art pieces add to the cultural ambiance of the Arts and Cultural District of historic downtown Smithfield.

319 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Arts & Culture, Outdoors & Recreation
Arts Center @ 319


The Arts Center @ 319, co-located with the Smithfield Visitor Center, exhibits the works of local and regional artists in multiple shows throughout the year. The Arts Center also hosts working studios for eight resident artists, a gift shop that features creations by its member artists and an arts classroom. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the resident artists as new works are being created.

319 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Arts & Culture, Shopping
Fort Boykin Historic Park

Fort Boykin has been a part of American history since 1623 when a fort known as the Castle was constructed to protect the Jamestown colonists from Native Americans and raiding Spaniards. Atop a bluff overlooking the James River, the site’s commanding view makes it a keen observation point. Today, Fort Boykin remains essentially intact and constitutes a well-preserved example of military architecture of the Civil War era. Fort Boykin is on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and it is home to the commonwealth's second oldest black walnut tree. This tree, over 200 years old, has been named to the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project. The fort is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Virginia Landmarks Register, Virginia Civil War Trails, Captain John Smith’s Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail and the Cornell eBird System. 

Free guided walking tours of Fort Boykin are offered throughout the year. Go to: HistoricIsleofWight.com or the events page of this website for dates and times, or contact the Visitor Center to arrange a custom guided tour.

7410 Fort Boykin Trail
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Outdoors & Recreation, Guided Tours
Commonwealth Gin

A working cotton gin that offers tours to groups with advance notice.

 

25165 Buckhorn Drive
Windsor, VA 23487

Attractions, Farm Visits, Guided Tours
Groups and Guided Tours of Smithfield & Isle of Wight County

Spend a day or spend an hour, with a group or alone, the Smithfield Tourism Bureau is happy to provide expertise in planning your visit.

Groups & Step-On Tours:

Our tourism professionals are happy to design a specific tour to suit your group's time frame and interests - with or without a guide - FREE OF CHARGE. Our Step-On and Guided Walking Tours are also available for a fee (listed below). Contact our staff for a fun filled visit to our charming and historic area.
Kathy Mountjoy at (757) 408.1935 or kwmountjoy@gmail.com.
Step-On bus tours: $5 per person
Different rates may apply according to the size and type of tour provided. 

Go to the “Trip Ideas” page of this website for sample itineraries.

The Genuine Smithfield Historic Guided Walking Tour
This tour features over 50 buildings of exceptional architectural importance. Several of the homes are listed on the National Registry.
Cost/Details:
With prior notice please.
Groups no larger than 10 are best.
$5.00 person (minimum charge of $20)
Children under 12 are free.
Different rates may apply according to the size and type of tour provided.
(This tour is also offered as a self-guided tour. Pick up a map/brochure at the Visitor Center)
Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour online

Group Tours for Special Events
Planning a wedding, family reunion, birthday party or other special event in Genuine Smithfield? Contact our group tour professionals to set up private tours for your guests while they visit Smithfield and Isle of Wight County. Tours can also be provided for folks with limited mobility.


Tours for Individuals

Guided Walking Tours:
The Isle of Wight County Museum offers guided walking tours of historic sites throughout the year.These tours are FREE! Isle of Wight County Museum's Events Page

Self-Guided Tours:

Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour
Stop by the Visitor Center (319 Main Street) for a free map of the downtown walking tour featuring over 50 buildings of exceptional architectural importance. Several of the homes are listed on the National Registry. This is a self-guided tour, but given at least three weeks notice, we are happy to provide a guide for this tour.

Genuine Smithfield IPod Tour
The Isle of Wight County Musuem offers downloadable IPod tours of the historic properties on scenic South Church Street in Genuine Smithfield. The tour tells the story of our county’s history and will whisk you back to the days of dusty roads, plank sidewalks and a bustling riverfront.
This tour is FREE! 
https://www.historicisleofwight.com/tours.html

Group and Guided Tour Contact:
Kathy Mountjoy 757.353.1699

319 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Meetings, Weddings, Guided Tours
Isle of Wight County Museum

Founded in 1976, the Isle of Wight County Museum tells the story of the county through its interactive exhibits including a turn-of-the-century country store as well as displays interpreting colonial history, the Smithfield ham industry, the Blackwater River, the Civil War and the Cold War. The museum is also the home of the World's Oldest Ham and the World's Oldest Peanut.

The museum is available for special events and meetings.

The museum has a HAM CAM. Visit its website - www.historicisleofwight.com - to see live video feed of the World's Oldest Ham.

Admission: $2 for ages 18 and up

 

103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Shopping, Meetings, Guided Tours
Historic Fort Huger

Historic Fort Huger, the "Gateway to the Confederate Capital," is located in the northern reaches of Isle of Wight County off route 10 and 8 miles from downtown Smithfield. View the ghost fleet on the James River, take the self-guided walking tour through the new trails and see the cannon mounted along the edges of the fort. Fort Huger is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Guided walking tours of Fort Huger are offered throughout the year. Go to: HistoricIsleofWight.com or the events page of this website for dates and times or contact the Visitor Center to arrange a custom guided tour.

15080 Talcott Terrace
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Outdoors & Recreation, Guided Tours
Darden's Country Store and Smokehouse

This classic country store and smokehouse has been in operation since 1952 and is still run as a family business. Visitors and shoppers can peruse hanging hams, side meat, country cheese, barbeque and peanuts. Feel free to browse, but shopping is encouraged! Darden's is also a working farm, growing peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat and pumpkins, Darden’s has been curing hams and making sausage and barbecue since the early 1950s. A small grocery store on the farm sells homemade sausage, ham, cheese, peanuts and local honey. The family also enjoys telling the "farm life" story to hundreds of children (and adults!) who visit each year.

16249 Bowling Green Road
Smithfield, VA 23430

Attractions, Eat & Drink, Farm Visits, Outdoors & Recreation, Shopping, Guided Tours
Hayden's Lane

Located in the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Smithfield and running between Main and Grace Streets, Hayden's Lane was originally the driveway to Hayden Hall, an early girls' school. The garden department of the Woman's Club of Smithfield and the town created a lovely sitting garden and walkway to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Several benches, hand-painted by local young artists grace the walkway. Hayden's Lane is available to rent for special events through the Smithfield Center.

 

200th Block Of Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

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