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Isle of Wight County Museum

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Address: 103 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
Phone Number: 757-356-1223
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special...

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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Great display on Isle of Wight history.

Small, but filled with local history. Arranged nicely. Good variety. Educational. Clean. Besides the displays, there is a film on local history. The downstairs has a meeting room... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Patricia B
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Yorktown, Virginia

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Yorktown, Virginia
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97 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small, but filled with local history. Arranged nicely. Good variety. Educational. Clean. Besides the displays, there is a film on local history. The downstairs has a meeting room where interesting programs are presented. The museum gift shop offers books on local history. My favorite room is the recreation of an old General Store with talking voices from the clerk and... More 

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Hampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

What a great place to visit, it only takes about an hour to go through the museum and it has some fantastic historical goodies, and activities for the kids.

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Thank 4Hamish13
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Takes about 30 minutes. Interesting collection including the world's oldest peanut and ham. Simple explanation of the Smithfield ham process.

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Thank Nancy W
Naples, Florida
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67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

County museums are usually some collections from attics. This museum is quite different. They did an excellent job of presenting the history, people, and land of the county in a way that was interesting and informative. How is ham made? What exactly is a Smithfield ham? They also have a sense of humor and you will see the world's oldest... More 

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1 Thank Sam J
Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This home-style museum is a surprizing gem tucked away on the corner of Main St. A full size model of a country store from the 19th century awaits you. Other nuggets are the world's oldest ham and peanut. Nice info film for an intro to Isle of Wight history.

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1 Thank Vicky A
Rockland, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We didn't expect much when we decided to visit the museum, however, it was much better than expected. The museum focuses on the history of the Smithfield area with emphasis on its trading roots. There is a very good short film in the on-site theater which does a credible job of explaining the area history. Artifacts are much more enjoyable... More 

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1 Thank Bill M
Frazer
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

One of first places you should begin your tour of Smithfield VA. Small but full of lots of gems. Don't miss this one!

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1 Thank Kim S
National Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A very interesting museum to visit if you are in the area. They have an old time general storm, The oldest & largest Ham in America. This place is known for Smithfield hams. A $2.00 donation to get in

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Thank JoeSchwartz
Connecticut
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This little museum was surprisingly good. After you've seen the oldest peanut and biggest ham, check out the old general store, the film about the area's history, and all the rest.

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1 Thank Honest_Critic_in_CT
Great Bridge, Virginia, United States
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum at times almost seems more like a roadside attraction than something that would be located in a small town. It is very informative about the history of Isle of Wight county and the staff seem knowledgeable. The small admission fee is worth it to do once, but there is not enough to see that you will likely have... More 

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