Smithfield Travel Guide

  • 335 Main Street - Hattie Drummond House (and Bob)
    335 Main Street - Hattie Drummond House...
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  • One of Smithfield's water towers
    One of Smithfield's water towers
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  • Pagan River at sunset
    Pagan River at sunset
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Smithfield Things to Do

  • Walking Tour

    To get a Walking Tour map, first stop here at the Visitor's Center, which is housed in the Hattie Drummond House, which was built circ. 1865. Other stops on the Walking Tour will be under Local CustomTips.This house was built for Hattie Drummond by her brother, Mr. Watson, to serve as a millinery business shortly after the Civil War. Hattie's...

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  • Architechture

    Enjoy the architecture on Main Street. These two houses look like twins, but there are lots of other unique Victorian-style houses along the street. They are all in various states of upkeep or disrepair and each is beautiful in its own way--a bit like people, really!Many yards are also graced with the same landscape accessory--a cat (or two or...

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  • Overlooking the Marina

    We had dinner here to avoid the rush hour in Norfolk on the way home. We ate overlooking the marina.I decided I should have some ham dishes since we were in Smithfield, so I had the Smithfield Sampler appetizer for $5.95 which was thin sliced ham with melon and other fruit (grapes, a strawberry and orange slice). Bob had fried scallops ($19.95 with...

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  • I forget the name--sorry!

    OK, I forget the name of the place, so I'll have to do a little research and update later. But on the main street there is a homey little local lunch counter/ice cream shop that is a real gem! It looks like it hasn't changed for years and years. The place has a real home-style, local flavor. The milk shakes are delicious!

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Smithfield Local Customs

  • 220 Grace Street - The Grove (circa...

    The Grove was built between 1780-90 for Thomas Pierce. This brick residence once stood in a grove of oak trees, which was cut down and sold to the Russian Navy during the Crimean War. The building was once used as a boarding house and a hotel. It was restored in 1956 by Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. A.E.S. Stephens.

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  • Britt-Simpson House (circa 1854)

    The square grey house on the right in this picture is the Britt-Simpson House, built around 1854 by George W. Britt. This house is the last house on the walking tour and is just up the street from the Visitor's Center. This was the home of Frank B. and Emily Delk Simpson. Mrs. Simpson was one of the founders of the Women's Club of Smithfield and...

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  • Victorian Row c 1900

    These houses are across the street from the Visitor's Center. at 336-346 Main StreetVictorian row , also know as the Painted Ladies, consists of five typical houses of the late Victorian time period (early 1900's), each featuring bay fronts and gingerbread trim. The houses were built around 1901 by Burton W. Hearn, who, himself, lived at 346 Main...

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Smithfield Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    While I was waiting for Bob to finish in the bathroom before we went to our table to eat, I talked to the marina manager. I had read in "Chesapeake Bay" magazine that this might be an interesting place to visit by boat. The marina is pretty close to the town.

    Equipment: He told me that transient Rates were $1.25/foot (plus tax) - $30.00 minimum/nightincludes one 30 amp power supply An additional 30 or one 50 amp (which we wouldn't need) is $5.00/day

    Their webpage says:
    Floating docks, power and water, and hot showers are accessible from your boat. Jump into the pool or have a picnic under the gazebo. Stroll the boardwalk during the Art Show, catch the fireworks on the 3rd of July, enter the Fishing Marina Tournament, come dressed for the Halloween Party... Get the picture? Something's always happening at the Station. Just call for the latest info.

    We can accommodate boats up to 70 feet in length. We have floating docks with power and water available to most slips. Prior reservations are recommended from May to September. Full service hotel and restaurant on premises. The Marina monitors VHF radio on channel 16.

    Marina from land
    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Historical Travel
    • Food and Dining

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Smithfield Favorites

  • Smithfield Ham

    Under CONSTRUCTIONNear the middle 1700's Mr. Malory Todd began curing the meat of the free ranging hogs near Smithfield, Virginia. Thus was born the Smithfield Hams. The local hogs cleaned the peanut fields and developed an oily meat that lent itself to the salt curing process. Modern combines cleaned the fields so well the leavings were inadequate...

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  • Smithfield Historic District

    Smithfield Historic District ** (added 1973 - District - #73002022)Roughly bounded by Pagan River, Little Creek, and town line, Smithfield Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/EngineeringArchitect, builder, or engineer: Rand,WilliamArchitectural Style: Georgian, Romanesque, FederalArea of Significance: Community Planning And Development,...

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  • Stroll through downtown

    Take a leisurely walk along the main street (it's not very long) and browse in the antique and art shops. Finding candy not seen since childhood at Grampy's candy store. Sweet! Here is my niece (and my sister) outside Grampy's. Don't miss this place; you can buy anything, from fancy chocolates to gummy Coke bottles to those wear 'em & eat 'em...

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