This is the second time I've had an opportunity to stay at the Smithfield Inn and I like it more and more each time. The rooms are large, my second floor suite had a bedroom/ bath/ sitting room. Comfortably appointed and the bed was perfect. Decorated up for the holidays this place was homey and very comfortable. Staff is very pleasant and service is second to none. My highlight is the Tavern restaurant in the main house. Food is awesome (She-Crab Soup is to die for!!) and setting is comfortably upscale. If you have a chance stop, enjoy and take in this piece of historic Americana (it's been around since 1752).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “He was a very valiant man who first ventured on eating oysters.” ~ James I Here’s one for the books. The Smithfield Inn, built in 1752, is older than The Alamo or even Independence Hall in Philadelphia. George Washington slept here (No really, he did.) Here’s the whole amazing story. At the time of groundbreaking, Smithfield’s bustling wharf harbor had become a popular destination for clipper ships bringing goods from the old world to the new. The reason? They could return loaded down with two new world delicacies—the hams and peanuts that have made Smithfield world famous. To serve these travelers and others coming over the main stagecoach route from Norfolk to Richmond and eventually steamboat and motorcar, the original residence was converted to an Inn and Tavern in 1759. Thus began over 250 years of southern hospitality and charm that still defines the “Old Inn on Main Street”. Notable changes along the way included raising the roof to a full second story in 1870, part of bringing the Inn back from disrepair after the Civil War, and a major renovation by the Sykes family in 1922, adding the long kitchen and dining room wing and enlarging the porch across the entire front. For 40 years the Sykes Inn was known for its signature home cooked meals and relaxed atmosphere. Today the owner of the Smithfield Inn, Smithfield Foods, welcome you to a new Smithfield Inn, beautifully renovated yet, as always, steeped in tradition and charm reminiscent of simpler times in the genteel old South. ... more less
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