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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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Wonderful museum

I knew nothing about the area and by the time we left we got to see the World's oldest peanut and... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Tyrone, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Great info on the county

Interactive museum for the whole family. We have gone several times over the years. It's a free... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
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Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special emphasis on water, ham and agricultural industries. The exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a turn-of-the-century country store, displays interpreting the Smithfield ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham.
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  • Very good41%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I knew nothing about the area and by the time we left we got to see the World's oldest peanut and smoked ham. What more could you ask for. Very informative museum. Displays were very well done. Short 11 minute film on the area. Off...More

Thank Bob52014
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Smithfield, Virginia
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Interactive museum for the whole family. We have gone several times over the years. It's a free museum and when family comes to visit and such we take them to see "the ham". They shut down briefly for repairs and we couldn't wait to go...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

If you have a connection with Isle of Wight county, the museum is full of interesting facts! Really neat little place! The oldest ham!! See it in person! I love the little mini-movie theater that tells the history. And the hands-on sand exhibit for the...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Fascinating museum! We were on a family history hunt and found some excellent references among the history of the area. Nice little shop too! The pigs everywhere are adorable.

Thank Kristyn R
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is interesting for its Civil War, Native American and Colonial history. It was great fun to look through the vintage Sears & Roebuck catalogue in the general store display. It's worth dropping in...

Thank LSNS2652
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Good insights into this area's history. A museum that doesn't take all day to see the exhibits. Only "down side" was seeing some articles from our youth (e.g. rollerskates, electric coffee pot) on display in a museum! Current events have become ancient history! But a...More

Thank Paul_from_VA
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

This small museum is well laid out, clean, interactive and has a lot to see. You can learn so much about the area and early times, but it doesn't take all day. You still have time to visit other places in town too.

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 22 July 2016

This museum covers the history of Isle of Wight county to include the civil war in the county and the rise of the Smithfield ham business. It was very informative.

Thank BaltimoreSkiBob
Reviewed 16 July 2016

This museum is just a great place to spend time. My kids loved it and really enjoyed the scavenger hunt. In addition to that they also had a lot hands on activities for them. The displays were well done for a small museum. The country...More

1  Thank mary532
Reviewed 25 June 2016

We were greeted by the docent at the museum who was very friendly. She explained so many things about the history of the county. When I told her I had ancestors who lived there in the 1600s she directed me to books that they had...More

Thank The_Heritage_Lady
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