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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
757-356-1223
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Ranked #4 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
58 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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31 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
5 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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

Warrenton, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This small museum is free and is very interesting. Has the world's oldest and the world's largest Smithfield ham and interesting facts about Smithfield.

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

Thank you for your recent visit to the Isle of Wight County Museum. We hope you enjoyed it and learned a little bit of history in the process! More

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The museum is located in the historic downtown district of Smithfield, VA. The building is an old bank with a small gift shop. Its a self guided tour covering old style methods of local farming, and great Civil War artifacts that were recovered from Fort Boykin which is still being restored. The museum has a large room which houses an... More

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

Thank you for a wonderful review! We try to cover most of the history pertaining to the county with emphasis on certain parts of that history. We are in the process of creating new exhibits to further tell our story. Look for our Civil War Sesquicentennial program this winter! More

Smithfield, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Isle of Wight County Museum was founded (in a former 1913 bank) to preserve and promote the county's history : peanuts, ham, and cotton. There is something for everyone - prehistoric fossils, a newly developed Cold War exhibit in what was the former bank vault, an exhibit on the steamboat James Adams which was a floating theatre, a 1900... More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review! With almost 400 years of documented (and millions more undocumented!) history, we try to tell stories that are somewhat unique to our county history. The museum is lucky to be housed in a beautiful old bank building topped by a stained-glass dome that many guests overlook when they visit. We are so glad you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

A good way to spend an hour. Nicely laid out displays and artifacts, including a peanut from 1890 and a ham from 1903. Interesting short film on the history of the region. Plus it's free!

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

Thank you for visiting the museum. We are so glad you enjoyed it! More

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