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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
757-356-1223
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Smithfield
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special emphasis on water, ham and agricultural industries. The exhibits include... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 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.

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 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.

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Rome, New York
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 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, kinder, more wholesome time. This museum is a good representation of this town by reflecting... More

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133 reviews 133 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 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.

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Ruckersville, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 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. Well worth the visit.

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Smithfield, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 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.

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Grottoes, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 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. The movie is very good. The museum has a great number of artifacts which are... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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41 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 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 the front entrance, she was very helpful with the questions we had. Recommend stopping by... More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this review

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. More

Norfolk, VA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
6 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 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 small gift) that kept the 7yo interested in what she might find next. This is... More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this review

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. Please check back with us as we have new exhibits on the way! More

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