Smithfield, Virginia

Visiting Genuine Smithfield, Virginia is like taking a trip to a simpler time when folks greeted one another on the street, and life went by at a slower pace. It’s a place that envelopes you in its arms and makes you say, “ahhhhh”. The town abounds in genuine history, genuine charm and even genuine characters. Savor your visit to Genuine Smithfield, where you’ll feel as if you’ve come home.

Visit our quirky independently-owned shops, our mouth-watering restaurants and distinctive art galleries. Explore our historic sites such as Historic St. Luke’s Church (c1632), one of our two Civil War forts, or make your way to the Isle of Wight County Museum for an overview of the significant role the area played throughout its history.

StLukes300x200Stay for the week or enjoy a quick weekend getaway. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Coastal Virginia – an easy drive from D.C., Richmond, Williamsburg and parts of North Carolina, so getting here is stress-free too. There are plenty of lodging options available – from waterfront luxury, to historic B&B’s – even a fabulous new franchise hotel to choose from. And there is always something happening in town. Just check out the events page of our website, or sign up for our e-newsletter “Where the Locals Go,” to plan your visit around one of our events.

But don’t take our word for it, Genuine Smithfield was named one of the “Top 14 small cities in Virginia” by, and the third best town in Virginia to raise a family by

Here’s what our visitors have to say:

  • We just love the small-town feel! 🙂 – Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
  • A wonderful “old-fashioned” experience!! Beautiful! –  Newport, North Carolina
  • Nice shops-we didn’t plan to buy, but couldn’t resist! Love your very authentic town – Mathews, Virginia
  • Every visit to Smithfield is always the same…yet refreshingly different – Bristol, Tennessee
  • It’s absolutely beautiful–takes you back in time and then your imagination takes over.  I feel right at home! – Benton, Arkansas

Whether you come for a taste of our world-famous hams, to see the world’s oldest ham at the Isle of Wight Museum, to take a riverside stroll (or kayak our waters) in Windsor Castle Park, or to simply sit on the front porch of the Smithfield Inn and watch the world go by, you will enjoy your time in Genuine Smithfield, the home of Hams, History, Hospitality & HeART!

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