Single Family Homes, Houses, Condos, Townhomes, Townhouses, Investment Properties, Land and Real Estate in Smithfield, Virginia
Smithfield, first colonized in 1634, is located on the Pagan River, not far from Jamestown. The Native Americans knew this area as Warascoyak, also spelled Warrosquoyacke, meaning “point of land.”
Smithfield’s Historic District boasts over 70 buildings of exceptional architectural importance, including residences of the Colonial, Federal, and Victorian periods. Sites of historic interest in Smithfield include the 1750 Court House, the adjacent colonial tavern that is now the Smithfield Inn, the Isle of Wight Museum, the Schoolhouse Museum, and Windsor Castle Park. You may visit the Mansion on Main showplace home of a Victorian era “Virginian of Virginians,” R.S. Thomas (1837–1915)– restored by Sala Clark in the late 1990s—whose 1889 “urban” Queen Ann style mansion changed the face of Smithfield (colonial and cottage), and whose efforts helped to save a nearby National Landmark, the 1632 St. Luke’s Church.
This “Wharf Hill” has witnessed the birth of both “The Peanut Capital of the World” and “The Ham Capital of the World” on its waterfront. It has been a safe harbor to receive arms and supplies for revolutionary patriots and a vantage point from which Yankee cannon fire showered Main Street. Its dock has welcomed the fictional drama of the real “Show Boat” (James Adams Floating Theatre). Known as the ham capital of the world, Smithfield currently attracts many tourists. Smithfield’s Historic District is a major attraction. Historic buildings that lure tourists include the Isle of Wight County Museum, Historic Fort Huger, the Schoolhouse Museum, the Old Courthouse of 1750, and Historic St. Lukes Church located just outside of downtown. Countryside attractions just outside of Smithfield include Boykins Tavern Museum, the Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800, and Darden’s Country Store & Smokehouse. The Jamestown/Scotland Ferry (located in Surry) also allows tourists to visit Williamsburg as well, linking Smithfield to the historic triangle. Smithfield is also a convenient day trip from Norfolk, Richmond, and Virginia Beach.
Smithfield also offers an array of entertainment and events throughout the year. Family events include the Christmas Parade, the Olde Town Curb market (farmers market), and Smithfield Olden Days. Local businesses and restaurants also offer entertainment. Jalapeños and Smithfield Station offer live music, while the Smithfield Little Theater offers various selections of plays throughout the year.
Nike Park, Cypress Creek Golf Course, and Smithfield Station Restaurant, Waterfront Inn & Marina are just some of the recreational sites of Smithfield. Boating, fishing, hunting, and biking are enjoyed by many citizens of Smithfield. Smithfield also has a local skate park, trails, and campgrounds.