The Christmas in Smithfield Historic Homes Tour & Antiques Show will be held again at the Smithfield Center and at four historic homes. The homes will be decked out for the season and open for tours the weekend of December 7th and 8th as this popular holiday tradition returns to the Ham Capital of the World. Each home is located on South Church Street in the historic district within easy walking distance of one another and downtown shops, restaurants and attractions.
HISTORIC HOMES TOUR
These historic gems will be dressed for the season and open for tours:
130 S. Church Street
The Chapman House was built around 1892 in typical Victorian style and was remodeled in the 1930s to its present hipped-roof Georgian style. It's better known to many locals as "The Old Library" - a role it played in Smithfield from 1945 to 1989. Wonderfully restored, furnished and decorated, this home is a favorite of the thousands who look forward to what are infrequent tours of the town's historic residences.
King Atkinson House
213 S. Church Street
This King-Atkinson House was built about 1795 for Thomas King, justice of the Isle of Wight Court, or his son-in-law, Thomas Purdue, who erected a toll-bridge over Pagan Creek about the same time. Crossing the bridge cost you 6 1/4¢ - with your horse being charged the same fare. Later, this handsome Federal home was purchased by Joseph Atkinson, a War of 1812 militia captain and one of the town's leading merchants.
Andrew Mackie House
338 S. Church Street
The original part of the home is believed to have been built by Andrew Mackie around 1758 - probably as a storehouse for his mill south of town. Mackie and his family eventually moved in, living here until 1778, when Captain John Sinclair purchased the residence. The noted privateer, who had built a home across the street in 1752, lived here until 1796. Since the 1970s, the home has undergone a major restoration and the construction of a tasteful and complementary addition - which took full advantage of the striking view across Little Creek.
House Hunters House
362 S. Church Street
This home is nearly identical to the “slanted sisters,” located at 203, 205 and 207 N. Mason Street. It’s believed they were all completed by 1898, and most likely built by the same builder. This charming home was featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV last year. It has been lovingly renovated since the episode aired, keeping the home’s original pine floors on the first floor and it’s unique double staircases. The episode featuring the home is Season 153, Episode 3 “Historic Colonial vs. Ranch in Virginia.”
HISTORIC HOMES TOUR HOURS:
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Quality dealers from across the region will offer their wares at the Smithfield Center in the 2019 Christmas in Smithfield Antiques Show & Sale. Admission to the Antiques Show includes a ticket in the “St. Nick’s Picks – choose-your-own-prize raffle.” Win one of the prizes donated by our vendors. Additional tickets available for purchase. All entries will be eligible to win our Grand Prize, a “Relax on the River Package” from the Smithfield Station which includes an overnight stay and dinner for two. You do not need to be present to win.
The Antiques Show, combined with the year-round Historic District merchants, visitors to Smithfield can choose from more than 50,000 square feet of antiques and gifts during that first weekend in December.
ANTIQUES SHOW HOURS:
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Tickets to the Historic Homes Tours are $30 and include admission to the Antiques Show.
Online ticket sales for the Antiques Show & Homes Tours began on Friday, October 11 at noon on ChristmasInSmithfield.com and in-person at the Smithfield Visitor Center (319 Main Street in downtown Smithfield). Ticket sales will end December 6 at 8 p.m.
Tickets will be sold on the day of the event at the Smithfield Center only (220 N. Church Street in downtown Smithfield).
Tickets to the Antiques Show alone are $6 and include one entry into the St. Nick’s Pick raffle.
PARKING & FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE:
FREE PARKING is available at the Smithfield Center and at other public parking lots in town. Parking is not available at the houses.
A FREE I-Ride shuttle bus will be running throughout the days of the event between the historic homes on S. Church Street, the Antiques Show at the Smithfield Center and along Main Street for shopping and dining opportunities. Pick up/drop off sites will be clearly marked with signage.
HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES
Provided by Blackwater Carriage Company, LLC on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $10.00 per person, ages 6 and under are free. Board and purchase tickets the day of the event at the Smithfield Visitor Center (319 Main Street).
Proceeds from the Antiques Show and Homes Tours benefit the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse.