1. Smithfield Visitor Center and Arts Center @ 319
319 Main Street, Visitor Center 757.357.5182, Arts Center 757.357.7707
Make this your first stop for a downtown map and information on area attractions, lodging, dining options and special events. The Visitor Center shares space with the Arts Center @ 319 which exhibits the works of local and regional artists
2. The Isle of Wight County Museum
103 Main Street, Smithfield 757.356.1223
Interpreting local history, the museum features prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, an authentic country store, a Smokehouse and Civil War exhibits, and the world's oldest, edible cured ham (over 117 years old!).
3. The 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse
130 Main Street, Smithfield 757.356.9016
Built on land donated by Arthur Smith IV after he obtained a charter to establish Smithfield, the first town in the county in 1750, it served in an official capacity for Isle of Wight County from 1752 to 1800. Tours are provided on a regular basis.
4. Smithfield’s Porcine Parade & Lundeen Statues
Located throughout Downtown Smithfield 757.357.5182
Enjoy Smithfield’s 8 life-size statues of hogs painted by local artists. Smithfield also boasts the largest collection of George Lundeen life-size bronzes. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor Center.
5. Historic Fort Huger
15080 Talcott Terrace, Smithfield 757.357.0115
Historic Fort Huger was known as the Gateway to the Confederate Capital. View the ghost fleet on the James River, take a self-guided walking tour and see the cannon mounted along the edges of the fort. Free guided walking tours are offered throughout the year.
6. Fort Boykin Historic Park
7410 Ft. Boykin Trail, Isle of Wight 757.357.0115
A part of American history since 1623 when a fort known as the Castle was constructed to protect colonists, Fort Boykin sits atop a bluff overlooking the James River. The site’s commanding view makes it a keen observation point. Free guided tours are available throughout the year.
7. Windsor Castle Park
301 Jericho Road, Smithfield 757.357.5182
Located in the heart of downtown, this riverside park features a woodland trail system, picnic area, kayak/canoe/paddleboard launch, dog park, a children’s natural playscape, scenic overlooks and the historic site. Kayak rentals offered seasonally.
8. Historic St. Luke’s Church & Museum
14477 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield 757.357.3367
Virginia's Oldest Church is a rare, 17th-century church building offering 45-minute guided tours at the top of each hour Tuesday through Saturday. The Site also offers local tourist information, cemetery tours, and a boutique gift shop with unique items. Minimal admission fee charged. Closed the month of January.
9. Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour
Visitor Center, 319 Main Street, Smithfield 757.357.5182
Pick up a copy of the walking tour map at the Visitor Center for a self-guided tour of the Historic District which boasts over 50 buildings of architectural importance.
10. Darden’s Country Store, Smokehouse & Farm Tour
16249 Bowling Green Road, Smithfield 757.357.6791
This classic country store & smokehouse has been around since 1952 & is still run as a family business. Peruse hanging hams, side meat, country cheese & peanuts.
11. The Schoolhouse Museum
516 Main Street, Smithfield 757.365.4789
An African-American History Museum of Public Education built in 1932, featuring period desks, books, and oral histories of those who attended the school.
12. Food, Drink & Shopping in Genuine Smithfield & Isle of Wight
Stroll down charming Main Street and visit the unique shops, galleries and fabulous restaurants of the downtown district. Complete your visit with us by taking a photo at our LOVEwork statue, located at the Smithfield Center, 220 N. Church Street. Be sure to post your photo using the hashtag “#SmithfieldLove.”