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“Trip through the past”

Isle of Wight County Museum
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Smithfield
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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.
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“Trip through the past”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2014
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2014
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Rome, New York
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220 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A nice museum in a cute little town.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 on it's history of peanuts, hams, and over all agriculture. This museum isn't huge, but it is very tastefully done and is packed with neat historical artifacts, such as the World's oldest peanut. There is a replicated General Store that you walk into to get a feel of things way back when. There is also a small gift shop where you can browse and pick up some souvenirs. This museum is staffed with people who seemed to be genuinely happy that you wee there and went out of their way to talk to you and recommend other places in town, either to eat or to shop. I'm telling you, visit this little town, it's unlike any other place I have been.

Visited July 2014
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203 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“pretty town with Victorian houses”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2013
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Ruckersville, Virginia
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86 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“See the Worlds oldest peanut.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2014
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