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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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Got to love little museums

A fantastic little museum that does a lot in a little space. Loved the replica country store... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nick T
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Fun little museum

Cute little museum. Got a better understanding of the area. Plus, who could pass up the oldest ham... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
mwwpt68
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Johnstown, PA
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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“general store” (9 reviews)
“local history” (5 reviews)
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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic little museum that does a lot in a little space. Loved the replica country store, learned a lot about the area and all for 2 dollars, can’t be beat.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Cute little museum. Got a better understanding of the area. Plus, who could pass up the oldest ham in the world?!

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

This is a great museum for those that do not like the long walks through a large museum. It is educational and fun. The folks that work there are the BEST.

Thank Don B
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Jennifer W, Manager at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Thanks for the visit! Come again anytime.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

A very well done and fairly extensive local museum. There is a very good Civil War exhibit as well as interesting exhibits on colonial archaeology as well as Smithfield history. A modest $2 to get in and takes close to an hour to see. There...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Quaint little town museum. See the 100 year old ham. No tasting allowed. Interesting place and a lot of small town knowledge

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Jennifer W, Manager at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thanks for your visit. Come again!

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We first went on the walking tour and our tour guide was great! she was very knowledgeable and made the tour very entertaining. The museum is well put together and informative.

Thank Meesh G
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Jennifer W, Manager at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thanks for your visit! Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This was a great $2 spent per person into the donation box. The general store set up is fairly authentic (I used to work in one) and the rest of the museum has informative videos and displays on local origins and various noted persons formative...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

When the town motto is "Ham, History, Hospitality" you expect an interesting experience. The museum certainly delivered, featuring local history spanning the first Native American residents through today. Of course, the trip is not complete without viewing the world's oldest cured Smithfield ham and the...More

Thank Lindsay C
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Nicely appointed museum sharing history of the establishment of county, agriculture, local life, and how Smthfield ham company began. Very informative, lots of displays, timelines, period clothing, artifacts, and great tactile displays for children or adults. A definite hands-on learning museum. No one should miss...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum of the finds from earlier periods in the town of Smithfield as well as the wonderful sights of nature that can be found. I particularly loved the 115 year old ham with the collar that Mr. Smithfield had saved.

Thank Reneec496
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