Smithfield Isle of Wight County - #1 Day-Trip Destination from Williamsburg

Virginia’s Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown is one of the state’s most popular destinations. With its convenient location, Smithfield is the first choice for day-trippers from Virginia’s Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. The town is an authentic colonial seaport, established in 1752 and still going strong. While the Historic Triangle offers up costumed interpreters, if you want to meet Smithfield’s “characters,” just take a stroll along Main Street. You’re sure to be greeted with a cheery hello from “genuine” Smithfield folks and if you sit a spell, they might even share a few stories too.

History lovers will find lots of attractions to explore in the area as well, including two historic forts, the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse, the Isle of Wight County Museum, the Schoolhouse Museum and St. Luke’s Historic Church and Museum. The town’s Main Street offers restaurants, galleries and specialty shops – all independently owned and operated small businesses. The area is also well-known for it’s quality special events including Smithfield VA Event’s Wine and Brew Fest, BOB (Bourbon, Oysters and Brunswick Stew) Fest, Bacon and Music Fest, an award-winning Farmers Market, two Vintage Markets, a monthly Pickers Market, the Smithfield Arts Festival, holiday events, concerts and productions at the Smithfield Little Theatre.

Outdoor activities also abound with a seasonal outfitter available at Windsor Castle Park, bike trails, fishing piers, parks and walking trails. Isle of Wight County is proud of its agricultural heritage and many of the local farms offer tours and on-site shopping, as well as “pick your own” opportunities. A “Visit the Farms” brochure is available at the Visitor Center. The information is available on this website as well.

Getting Here

Via the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry:
A scenic drive along Colonial Parkway to the ferry entrance, a relaxing twenty-minute ride across the historic James River, and a lovely country drive through Surry County, brings you to the heart of downtown Genuine Smithfield. The ferry is free and as they say, getting there is half the fun and you’ll get a real taste of the area's natural beauty on the way.

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Schedule

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is a free ride from Jamestown to Surry across the James River.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is a free ride from Jamestown to Surry across the James River.


Via Interstate Roadways:
Smithfield is located in the Coastal Region of Virginia and is also easily accessible from Williamsburg via major interstates. Take Route 64 East to Newport News. Take Exit 263 to merge onto US 258 South/W. Mercury Blvd. Cross the James River Bridge and turn right onto Brewers Neck Blvd., US 258 South, about 2 miles after the bridge. Turn right onto Benns Church Blvd., continuing along US 258 South for about 2 miles. Turn right onto S. Church Street. Continue along S. Church Street until you arrive at Main Street.

Regional Map
Kayaking on the Pagan River by Elly Condit
Kayaking on the Pagan River by Elly Condit
Porcine Parade statue by Tina L Hill
Porcine Parade statue by Tina L Hill
Nellies Strawberry by Melody Fernaays
Nellies Strawberry by Melody Fernaays
Dining waterside at the Smithfield Station
Dining waterside at the Smithfield Station
Shopping along downtown Smithfields Main Street
Shopping along downtown Smithfields Main Street
Smithfield VA Events Wine & Brew Fest
Smithfield VA Events Wine & Brew Fest
Jazz Anyone by Elly Condit
Jazz Anyone by Elly Condit
Wharf Hill Brewing Co by Elly Condit
Wharf Hill Brewing Co by Elly Condit
Kayaking on the Pagan River by Elly Condit
Kayaking on the Pagan River by Elly Condit
Porcine Parade statue by Tina L Hill
Porcine Parade statue by Tina L Hill
Nellies Strawberry by Melody Fernaays
Nellies Strawberry by Melody Fernaays
Dining waterside at the Smithfield Station
Dining waterside at the Smithfield Station
Shopping along downtown Smithfields Main Street
Shopping along downtown Smithfields Main Street
Smithfield VA Events Wine & Brew Fest
Smithfield VA Events Wine & Brew Fest
Jazz Anyone by Elly Condit
Jazz Anyone by Elly Condit
Wharf Hill Brewing Co by Elly Condit
Wharf Hill Brewing Co by Elly Condit
Kayaking on the Pagan River by Elly Condit
Kayaking on the Pagan River by Elly Condit
Porcine Parade statue by Tina L Hill
Porcine Parade statue by Tina L Hill
Nellies Strawberry by Melody Fernaays
Nellies Strawberry by Melody Fernaays
Dining waterside at the Smithfield Station
Dining waterside at the Smithfield Station
Shopping along downtown Smithfields Main Street
Shopping along downtown Smithfields Main Street
Smithfield VA Events Wine & Brew Fest
Smithfield VA Events Wine & Brew Fest
Jazz Anyone by Elly Condit
Jazz Anyone by Elly Condit
Wharf Hill Brewing Co by Elly Condit
Wharf Hill Brewing Co by Elly Condit