This museum was a fantastic surprise.
I strongly recommend that you drive out of your way to visit the town of Smithfield and this museum. You'll be pleasantly surprised, like I was.
You will not believe this, but I learned about the Isle of Wight County Museum when my 10-year-old nephew did a book report on "Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express" by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds. In the book three guinea pigs take a road trip that has them crossing the James River Bridge and visiting Smithfield, VA. The Guinea Pigs find the world's oldest ham and peanut (yes, a real hundred-plus-year-old ham and peanut) at the museum. I had the see the place. I drove from Virginia Beach to Smithfield for one purpose, to see that ham and peanut. Seriously, I did. I wanted a photo in front of the ham to show my nephew.
Wow. I did indeed find a ham and a peanut that are more than 100 years old. But, I also found a great video about the region, archaeological artifacts dating as far back as 1500 BC, and the history of Smithfield ham (a very interesting story). There was even a fun, recreated 100-year-old shop with an audio narration. Adults might find the audio narration kind of cheesy, but the kids will love it. I liked it. I even blew $20.00 at the gift shop on oldest-ham memorabilia.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.