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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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History of Isle of Wight

Interesting items from the Isle of Wight. The over 100 year old Ham was something to see. The... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2014
Daniel Z
Trip through the past

Very enjoyable place. Lots of interesting items and information. The gentleman there was a very... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2014
Nancy C
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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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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Interesting items from the Isle of Wight. The over 100 year old Ham was something to see. The artifacts were also interisting.

1  Thank Daniel Z
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Very enjoyable place. Lots of interesting items and information. The gentleman there was a very pleasant person and helpful in finding a magnet for my collection.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Although this museum is not huge, it has alot to see. Exhibits on the ham curing process (even a ''pet'' ham display) antiques, and archaeology of the colonial era.

Thank thatHotelGuy
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We had been looking into the Town of Smithfield while on vacation in the Williamsburg area. It was about an hour and a half drive, and it was surely worth it. Coming to this town is truly like taking a step back to a simpler,...More

2  Thank Brian C
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I loved the county museum and the paintings for sale. This town is pretty as a postcard. It is located in the middle of no where so prices are very reasonable. It was well worth the 90 minute ride from the Colonial Williamsburg visitors center.

Thank Elias David B
Reviewed 5 May 2014

A very good small county museum showcasing Smithfield and Isle of Wight county. They have a replica of a country store, Civil War Artifacts, The worlds largest Ham, the worlds oldest Ham and the world oldest peanut as well as other interesting history about Smithfield....More

Thank Grenville F
Reviewed 16 April 2014

This Museum gives the history of Smithfield from 1752 to present. They also have the oldest Ham from nearly a century old. The have story hours for children.

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 11 April 2014

This is a great museum which is full of memorabilia and history of Smithfield. There is a short movie (continuous loop) which is quite interesting although the seats in the theater are quite narrow and therefore a bit uncomfortable, you are not there for long....More

Thank RoamingAimlessly
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Great attraction especially for free. It takes about 30 minutes for the self guided tour and to us it was a well worth the time. Lots of interesting items to see and read about. Nice little gift shop and a well-informed person was working at...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

Thank you for the wonderful review regarding your recent visit. We try to make our exhibits appealing to every age group while educating visitors about local history.

Reviewed 15 November 2013

Between colonial era exhibits, civil war exhibits, and exhibits about today's local industries, this museum had plenty to be of interest. There were a good portion of exhibits that were hands on and geared towards kids. There was also a scavenger hunt activity (with a...More

Thank MikeBHR
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review of our museum. We know it is important for children as well as adults to have a pleasant visit so we incorporate 'hands-on' items into our exhibits and have special things like our gallery hunt to keep them engaged....More

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