Hams, History & Hospitality!
Just a short trip along the scenic to the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry, a relaxing 15 minute (free) ferry ride across the beautiful and a quick drive through Surry County brings you to the heart of downtown Smithfield. Come and enjoy a little piece of heaven on the banks of the Pagan River. The Historic District is the hub, where bustling art and specialty shops, town offices and historic public buildings coexist peacefully among the quaint Gothic, stately Colonial and sprawling Victorian homes. The river takes center stage at the entrance to the historic district where area icon, Smithfield Station holds the spotlight with its replica Victorian Coast Guard Station hotel, restaurant, marina and lighthouse! Smithfield is the "Ham Capital of the World" so great dining abounds with something to please every taste bud. From the Historic Smithfield Inn, and riverside dining at Smithfield Station, to a gourmet bakery, international tea shop and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Begin your visit at Smithfield's brand new Center, which shares space with the Center where you can chat with resident artists and peruse the gallery/gift shop. Historic attractions include St. Luke's, the oldest foundation in America, Boykin's Tavern, The Old Courthouse of 1750, Historic Fort Huger, and The Schoolhouse Museum, an African-American History Museum of Public Education. And be sure to stop by the Museum with its overview of local history and most notable artifacts - the oldest cured ham.
For fun, enjoy the summer concert series, performances at the Smithfield Little Theatre, Olden Days Festival, the Olde Towne Curb Market, Aiken & Friends Music Fest, and SmARTs (Smithfield Monthly Arts Stroll), which takes place on the second Friday of each month. So spend the day or night...either way you will be sure to enjoy your time in one of the most idyllic small towns in the U.S.A., Smithfield, Virginia!