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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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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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Informative County Museum

This museum covers the history of Isle of Wight county to include the civil war in the county and the rise of the Smithfield ham business. It was very informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum covers the history of Isle of Wight county to include the civil war in the county and the rise of the Smithfield ham business. It was very informative.

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is just a great place to spend time. My kids loved it and really enjoyed the scavenger hunt. In addition to that they also had a lot hands on activities for them. The displays were well done for a small museum. The country store display was interesting. Really friendly and helpful staff answered all our questions.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were greeted by the docent at the museum who was very friendly. She explained so many things about the history of the county. When I told her I had ancestors who lived there in the 1600s she directed me to books that they had in the gift shop that had marriages and genealogical records for the county. How thoughtful!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

A museum should not be judged on the size but on the contents, education and the feelings. The old time country store was amazing. We did not get enough time to explore like we wanted. Worth the visit to learn about the history of the area.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Always stop in here when in Smithfield. Lots of interesting things. The kids will love it. The largest smoked ham is still there. Very friendly staff that know the area well

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Smithfield,Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

It's small and pleasant, just like Smithfield. We are lucky to have some folks who care about local history and artifacts working at the museum! Admission is by donation, usually just a couple of bucks, a lot of people stop back by and drop a couple more on their way out. Only takes about an hour to enjoy, less if... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

I took three of my Grandchildren through and they really enjoyed it! They had a children's section with colonial clothing to try on and fossils hidden in sand they could dig through and expose.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

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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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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