Hamtown Pork & Fork Fest

While you're here...

Got some time to kill before the big festival? Brought your family with you and now the kids are driving you nuts? Check out some of these local attractions and other locations!

For a full list of Smithfield & Isle of Wight attractions, please visit the Visitor Center's website.

Smithfield & Isle of Wight area...

Arts Center @ 319

319 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-7707

The Arts Center @ 319, co-located with the Smithfield Visitor Center, exhibits the works of local and regional artists in multiple shows throughout the year. The Arts Center also hosts working studios for eight resident artists, a gift shop that features creations by its member artists and an arts classroom. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the resident artists as new works are being created.

Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 356-1223, (757) 356-1014
Interpreting local history, the museum's exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum's most notable artifact - the world's oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.

Fort Boykin

7410 Ft. Boykin Trail
(757) 357-0115
Fort Boykin Historic Park is situated high on the bluffs of the James River about six miles west of Smithfield. Originally named "The Castle," it was later named for Gen. Francis Boykin, a local merchant and one-time sheriff of Smithfield, who fought alongside George Washington. Construction was begun in 1623 to protect the colonists from the Indians and raiding Spaniards. The fort, built in the shape of a seven pointed star, remains essentially intact and constitutes a well-preserved example of military architecture of the Civil War era.

Fort Huger

15080 Talcott Terrace, Smithfield
(757) 357-0115
Historic Fort Huger, the "Gateway to the Confederate Capital," is located in the northern reaches of Isle of Wight County off route 10 and 8 miles from downtown Smithfield. View the ghost fleet on the James River, take the self-guided walking tour through the new trails and see the cannon mounted along the edges of the fort. Fort Huger is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Schoolhouse Museum

516 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 365-4789
An African-American History Museum of Public Education built in 1932, the museum features period desks and books, and offers oral histories of those who attended the school.

The Courthouse of 1750

130 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 356-9016
The Old Courthouse of 1750 is located in the historic Town of Smithfield. Originally modeled after the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg, this restored building is owned and operated by the "APVA Preservation Virginia."

Historic St. Lukes Church

14477 Benns Church Blvd.
(757) 357-3367

Historic Saint Luke's Church, circa 1632, is located four miles south of Smithfield's Historic District. It is the oldest existing church of English foundation in America and is this country's only surviving original brick Gothic church. See the Jacobean interior and original 17th century silver alter fittings, baptismal font and communion table and chairs. It also houses the nation's oldest, intact organ. Visit their gift shop onsite for souvenirs and gifts.

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