Behind These Walls - Downtown Smithfield

December 08, 2021

Behind These Walls - Downtown Smithfield, VA


The unique history of a community is often held within the walls of the buildings you find along its bustling streets and its dirt roads. Isle of Wight County Museum’s “Behind These Walls” Video Series takes a peek inside these walls to discover their stories – and secrets!

On this page are those videos that feature properties in Downtown Smithfield. Many of these are featured on our Historic Walking Tour map that you can pick up at the Visitor Center. All are within easy walking distance so that you can stroll from one to the other, standing in front of the house and listening to its history and "peeking inside" via the video. The video series is produced by the Isle of Wight County Museum and reproduced here with their permission.

FEATURED HOUSES (Numbers correspond to those on our Walking Tour Map):


#9 Cofer Cottage
111 N. Mason Street


 #5 The Thomas House (Mansion on Main)
36 Main Street


 #2 The Gaming House (Maggie Casey's Celtic Treasure)
124 Main Street


 #39 The Chapman Library (Currently a private residence)
130 S. Church Street


#52 Sinclair-Hines House (YouTube Link)
335 South Church Street


#48 William D. Folk House (Folk-Gwaltney-Moore House) (YouTube Link)
Built in 1876
309 South Church Street 


#35 Hill Street Baptist Church (YouTube Link)
Dating to the 1830s
110 Hill Street


#36 Christ Episcopal Church (YouTube Link)
Established in 1832
111 South Church Street


#7 The Todd House (YouTube Link)
22 Main Street


#1 (blue square) Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department (YouTube Link)
Smithfield Firehouse 1939 Shops & Residential Lofts 1939
117 North Church Street, (Cure Coffeehouse, 113 North Church Street)


#4 (red circle) The Bank of Smithfield (YouTube Link)
Currently the Isle of Wight County Museum
103 Main Street


#10 (black triangle) The Schoolhouse Museum (YouTube Link)
516 Main Street


#8 Wharf Hill Business District (YouTube Link)
c. 1900
Main Street



Go to for the complete video series featuring properties in Isle of Wight County, Windsor and Smithfield.

Isle of Wight County, Windsor and Smithfield Map