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Isle of Wight County Museum

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Address: 103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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+1 757-356-1223
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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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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So much to see and learn!

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... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2016
Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

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 

Thank The_Heritage_Lady
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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336 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 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.

Thank guvhuney
Williamsburg, Virginia
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530 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 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

Thank Bear H
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 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 

Thank TriumphT100
Smithfield, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 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.

Thank dlowery2016
Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 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 

Thank Patricia B
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 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.

Thank 4Hamish13
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Takes about 30 minutes. Interesting collection including the world's oldest peanut and ham. Simple explanation of the Smithfield ham process.

Thank Nancy W
Naples, Florida
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

County museums are usually some collections from attics. This museum is quite different. They did an excellent job of presenting the history, people, and land of the county in a way that was interesting and informative. How is ham made? What exactly is a Smithfield ham? They also have a sense of humor and you will see the world's oldest... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

This home-style museum is a surprizing gem tucked away on the corner of Main St. A full size model of a country store from the 19th century awaits you. Other nuggets are the world's oldest ham and peanut. Nice info film for an intro to Isle of Wight history.

1 Thank Vicky A

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