Plan Your Perfect Day Trip
Do you have family and friends visiting from out of town?
Are you looking for a genuine experience and day trip?
Have you already hit the beach, the amusement parks, and outlet malls?
Ham, History & Hospitality in Genuine Smithfield
Whether you are traveling from Williamsburg and Jamestown over the charming and FREE Jamestown-Scotland Wharf Ferry, via I-64 and the James River Bridge, from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront or the Outer Banks (OBX), the Colonial and Victorian architecture, boutique gift shops, and local ham shops and local fare restaurants will fill your day with exploration, relaxation, and inspiration. Here is our directions page for more information.
Find that Special Something
There are over 25 shops offering a wide assortment of unique boutique items to peruse in the Smithfield Historic District. From Wharf Hill Antiques to Finley’s General Store, you will enjoy antique stores, bakeries, clothing and accessories, hard-to-find gifts, wine, ham, peanuts, soaps, and more located along Main and South Church Streets.
Savor Local Fare
Smithfield has over 15 area restaurants for you to enjoy. From local seafood and classic Virginia Ham to Colonial Fare and avant garde new Southern Cuisine, there is something for every taste bud.
Located on South Church Street before you reach the Smithfield Historic District and Main Street is Q Daddy’s Pitmaster BBQ. They have quickly developed a reputation for their beef brisket, pimento cheese, and banana pudding with homemade molasses cookies.
If you love breweries check out Wharf Hill Brewing Co. They have an assortment of beers that even the pickiest of beer aficionados will be pleased with (and excellent food to pair with it).
What about the most consistent and homestyle breakfast and lunch cafe? Try The Cockeyed Rooster Cafe. Fresh squeezed orange juice to omelettes and waffles.
Seafood and Classic Fare
Looking for great seafood? Try the oysters rockefeller at Smithfield Station. Located right on the Pagan River with their own hotel and boat piers and dock, the Smithfield Station is a waterfront setting ideal for quick bite in the tavern or a luxurious meal in the dining room.
How about an original 18th-century tavern? A long-time Smithfield staple is the Smithfield Inn, built in 1752. They have a fried green tomato sandwich that is absolutely heavenly! Also try their shaved Virginia Country Ham on Sweet Potato Biscuits and Peanut Soup. If you love shrimp and grits, give theirs a try.
Step Back in Time
While on Main Street, you have two museums to enjoy. The 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse and The Isle of Wight County Museum. Their exhibits and museum interpreters will enthrall you with rich stories about our Colonial and legal history to the agricultural, Civil War, and Cold War history of Isle of Wight. Outside of town are a couple of Civil War forts, Fort Boykin and Fort Huger, and a Cold War Missile Defense Installation.
North America’s Oldest Anglican Church Building
Since at least 1629, the Newport Parish of the Anglican Church located here in Isle of Wight County completed the current “St. Luke’s church building around 1686. The families from the once Anglican Parish and this church building have been an integral part of the Isle of Wight and Smithfield communities. Whether you begin or end your visit to Smithfield with a 45-minute guided tour to this national historic landmark, national patriotic shrine, and symbol of American religious freedom, a day trip to Smithfield must include visiting this national treasure and learning more about our unique example of an American constitutional republic. Be sure to also inspect and listen to the oldest English Chamber Organ in the World – built in the 1630s.
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