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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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Very small, but a lot of historic info

My main interest here was on the curing of the Smithfileld hams. They have a very small display... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TomR233
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
Something for everyone!

This little gem of a museum has something for everyone without being overwhelming! There are plenty... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2018
Cheryl7877
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Williamsburg
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
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“hams” (6 reviews)
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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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+1 757-356-1223
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"smokehouse"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My main interest here was on the curing of the Smithfileld hams. They have a very small display that shows how it's done, and a brief note about "the world's oldest ham". I learned quite a bit, so I left very happy. The person at...More

Thank TomR233
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

This little gem of a museum has something for everyone without being overwhelming! There are plenty of interesting artifacts displayed in thoughtful and diverse ways. Hands on for kids and memory/conversation starters for adults. You can feel the love of the staff in the thoughtful...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Nicely laid out, good exhibits. Enjoyed seeing the oldest ham and peanut! Interactive exhibits made it a great experience.

Thank David S
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

While small, very interesting, liked the small replica smokehouse and the general store best, kids are free and adults only $2, while we spent less than 30 minutes at the museum it was 30 minutes well spent! Ate at near by Taste of Smithfield which...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 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.

Thank Nick T
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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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