We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Great little museum

Our self guided tour of the Isle of Wight County Museum couldn't have been more fun. Great little... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2012
mjh72762
,
Springdale, Arkansas
Great history of area

This is a wonderful museum with a old store inside. The type that carried everything from penny... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2012
JLDC
,
Smithfield, Virginia
Read all 71 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good42%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“country store” (10 reviews)
“general store” (9 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION
103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
CONTACT
Website
Call
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (71)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

61 - 70 of 71 reviews

Reviewed 6 November 2012

Our self guided tour of the Isle of Wight County Museum couldn't have been more fun. Great little film about the pig operations and the history of the county. Interesting that only from Smithfield come the "official patented Smithfield hams." Saw the oldest peanut, largest...More

Thank mjh72762
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2012

Thank you for commenting on your visit. We are proud of our agricultural heritage and especially Smithfield hams! One of our main goals as a museum is to educate people so it is wonderful to hear that visitors learn something while they are here.

Reviewed 25 September 2012

This is a wonderful museum with a old store inside. The type that carried everything from penny candy, farming tools, material, food and even the mail. There is a movie about the area and it's settlement along with a basement with artifacts from civil war...More

Thank JLDC
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2012

Thank you for your interest in the museum. We strive to tell the full history of Isle of Wight County and educate visitors about this historically-rich area.

Reviewed 17 September 2012

This museum is small and free. It goes over the history of Isle of Wight county, which dates back to the colonial period. They had old farming tools and some old relics (cannon, bomb shells) from the Civil War. They also have a replica of...More

2  Thank globaltrekster
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2012

Thank you for the wonderful review! Isle of Wight County was founded in 1619 so we have a rich history that many places do not have. You are correct when you said that visitors can spend the day sightseeing. Most of our visitors day trip...More

Reviewed 6 September 2012

went to Smithfield (enjoyed the free ferry ride from Jamestown) on a lark to see the oldest and biggest cured ham...found a lovely town with very friendly people and lots of pig history and food and sculpture! fun day!

Thank rhprincess
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2012

We are so glad that you had a wonderful visit. Many people say they like visiting Smithfield because of its small-town charm. We hope you make it back!

Reviewed 28 June 2012

Liked the world's oldest ham and peanut! The gentleman who guided us was very informative and mad sure we understood all about what we were viewing!

Thank Bob and Carol M
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2012

Thank you for your wonderful review of our museum. Isle of Wight County is proud of its agricultural ties as is represented in our exhibits. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you return soon!

Reviewed 13 May 2012

Lots of background information about the area and the Smithfield Ham brand

Thank huckleberries
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2012

Thank you for your review of the museum. Isle of Wight County is historically rich and is also the home of the world famous Smithfield ham so we have a great story to tell! We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 6 April 2012

free a lot of neat old stuff and no one bothers you

Thank monka49463
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2012

Thank you for the wonderful review of the museum. We hope you were able to visit our other historic sites while you were here. We look forward to you making a return visit!

Reviewed 21 March 2012

This museum was a fantastic surprise. I strongly recommend that you drive out of your way to visit the town of Smithfield and this museum. You'll be pleasantly surprised, like I was. You will not believe this, but I learned about the Isle of Wight...More

2  Thank 7,268
IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2012

Thank you for the wonderful review. We didn't know about the book until you mentioned it during your visit; what wonderful publicity! Maybe you can bring your nephew on a return visit? We are glad you had a great time.

Reviewed 31 January 2012

A small but informative museum. Little gift shop, friendly staff and a nice selection of displays.

Thank Danielle W
Reviewed 23 September 2011

We visited this museum on september 22nd when we were travelling from Norfolk to Williamsburg to take the ferry Scotland-Jamestown. There is a free parking next to the museum. There is no fee for this museum. It is located in the former bank building. The...More

2  Thank AmarilisVos
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Smithfield Hotels
Smithfield Station
457 reviews
.74 km away
Hampton Inn & Suites Smithfield
354 reviews
3.45 km away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Carrollton Smithfield
23 reviews
6.78 km away
Colonial Courts Motel
1 review
16.73 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.
296 reviews
.08 km away
Taste of Smithfield
232 reviews
.18 km away
Smithfield Inn
233 reviews
.06 km away
The Restaurant at Smithfield Station
385 reviews
.75 km away
Nearby Attractions
Windsor Castle Park
133 reviews
.78 km away
Smithfield and Isle of Wight Visitor Center
74 reviews
.36 km away
Smithfield Farmers Market
41 reviews
.36 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Isle of Wight County Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit