Smithfield is an incorporated town located in Isle of Wight County, which is located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Smithfield lies along the banks of the James and Pagan Rivers. With a population of approximately 7,000 people and an area of just over 10 square miles, Smithfield maintains a small town atmosphere, but is located within reach of many of Virginia’s largest attractions. Smithfield is serviced by the Routes 460 and 58, which connect it with the major east coast byways of I-95 and I-64, as well as the Norfolk International Airport, located approximately 45 minutes away.
The Virginia Landmarks Register has named Smithfield “perhaps the best preserved of Virginia’s Colonial seaports.” Smithfield was first colonized in 1634, and is located directly across the James River from Jamestown Colony. Due to its strategic location on the James, Smithfield played an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Today, Smithfield’s Historical District is home to more than 70 historical buildings, including historic homes from the Colonial, Federal, and Victorian eras. The Smithfield Inn, located on Main Street, was built in 1752 as a private residence for Henry Woodley. It underwent a significant restoration during the Civil War period and serves today as an elegant bed and breakfast inn as well as a restaurant.
Pierceville, built circa 1730, belonged to Thomas Pierce, an active member of the Independence movement. The Old Courthouse was built in 1750 and used until 1800, when court operations were moved to Isle of Wight. It was then used as a private three-story dwelling until 1959, when the county began a restoration project. The Courthouse is now open, free of charge, to the public. Windsor Castle, built circa 1750, is a beautiful 7000 square foot manor house which now sits on 186 acres of its original 1450 acre lot. Originally owned by Alfred Smith IV, the founder of Smithfield, it was owned by 6 generations of the Smith family. It is still privately owned.