Smithfield VA

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255 James St, Smithfield, Virginia 23430 -

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Following the Warascoyak Indians, Arthur Smith was the first individual to own land in Isle of Wight County. He patented 1450 acres on September 10 1637, describing it as “a neck of land running S.E. along a creek behind the Pagan Shore".

Arthur Smith IV had it surveyed and presented as a town in 1750. Smithfield has gotten its name from Arthur Smith’s family and not from John Smith who founded Jamestown. Smithfield has 72 lots and 4 streets. As shown on the initial plat, the principal streets are now Cedar Street (between Church and Mason streets), South Church Street, Main Street, and South Mason Street.

Within two years following the establishment of the town, 59 out of the 72 lots had been sold, and all of them were sold before the Revolutionary War. Every lot was purchased for four pounds, six shillings, which is about the equivalent of $7 at present.

Smithfield was born on the banks of the Pagan River and developed by the trade and commerce sailing on its tides. Ever since, this town was considered a “river town”, and its entire growth has been conditioned by the river. The town takes pride in the fact that its Historic District is listed on the National Historic Register and is labelled as a Virginia State Historic Landmark.

Area and Climate

Smithfield is a small town located in Isle of Wight County, in the South Hampton Roads. Its population was 8,089 at the 2010 census. It is known for the production and curing of the Smithfield Ham. The Virginia General Assembly has approved a decree in 1926, outlining “Smithfield ham” by law, requiring that it should be processed only within the town limits. At present, a Fortune 500 company named Smithfield Foods owns Smithfield Packing Company and others. This company is the biggest hog producer and pork processor in the world. It is based in Smithfield, raising 12 million and processing 20 million hogs each year.

The town gets 43” of rain every year (higher than the US average of 37) and 7” of snowfall (lower than the US city average of 25). Smithfield typically has 212 sunny days every year, with July having the highest temperature (89 degrees) and January having the lowest temperature (32 degrees).

Real Estate and Cost of Living

An approximate value of a condo or house in 2000 was $134,000 and $267,182 in 2013.

As of March 2013, the town’s cost of living index is 97.1, which is a bit lower than the US average of 100.

Lifestyle and Things to Do

Smithfield is known as the ham capital of the world and currently draws countless of tourists. Its main attraction is the Historic District. The Old Courthouse of 1750, Historic Fort Huger, Historic St. Luke's Church, Isle of Wight County Museum, and the Schoolhouse Museum are a few historic buildings that attract many travellers from all parts of the globe. For countryside attractions outside of Smithfield, you can visit Darden's Country Store & Smokehouse, Boykins Tavern Museum, and the Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800.

This small town also provides a variety of events and entertainment all through the year. Family events include the Smithfield Olden Days, Christmas Parade, and Smithfield Farmers Market. Local restaurants and businesses provide entertainment as well. The Smithfield Station and Jalapeños have live music, while the Smithfield Little Theater offers a number of select  ions of plays all year round.

Some recreational areas in Smithfield include Waterfront Inn & Marina, Nike Park, Windsor Castle Park, and Smithfield Station Restaurant. Biking, fishing, boating, and hunting are all enjoyed by Smithfield residents. In addition, the town has trails, campgrounds, and a local skate park.



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  • Waterfront Dining
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Property/Community Type : Condo
Golf Facility(Within 10 Mile Radius) : Yes
Coastal Area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Mountain/foot hills area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Lake Property(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
College Town(College or University Within 15 Mile Radius) : No
Size of Community/Town(25 Mile Radius Estimated) :
Fitness Facility(Within 2 Mile Radius) : Yes

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