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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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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Odd museum

We love odd things and tid bits of info so we HAD to come here to see the oldest ham and peanut. Definitely worth $2 admission fee. Maybe an hour to see everything and free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Great Bridge, Virginia, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We love odd things and tid bits of info so we HAD to come here to see the oldest ham and peanut. Definitely worth $2 admission fee. Maybe an hour to see everything and free parking close in a big lot to also explore Smithfield main st.

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Romeo, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Very interesting history about Smithfield Ham production and how Smithfield got started. Small Museum won't take long and it was very enjoyable.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The Isle of Wight County Museum is an enjoyable and interesting way to learn about local history and small town life. Highly recommend.

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Abell, Maryland
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We had always heard about Smithfield hams so decided to stop by the town during our Thanksgiving weekend trip. We were warmly greeted by the desk attendant and she gave us a good overview of the museum exhibits. On display are the largest ham 7 oldest ham, a well as the history of the ham industry in the area. An... More 

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Reston, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

World's oldest ham, world's biggest ham, a peanut from the 19th century, those alone are worth a visit. There is an excellent orientation film that puts Smithfield in context, so it is a nice place to start a visit to town. There are also interesting native american and civil war exhibits. This museum is well worth the $2 suggested price... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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