Cities Journal

Top 21 Small Cities In Virginia

8. Smithfield

The Virginia Review calls it “without a doubt, one of the prettiest towns in Virginia,” and once you’ve been there you will agree. Smithfield definitely is a pretty little town. Located in the Isle of Wight County, Smithfield has a population of around 8,100. It is a small town, just a little over 10 square miles, but it is rich in history and culture.

The Smithfield and Isle of Wight Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has walking tour itineraries, maps and other useful information on their website as well as at the center itself. It is also a great resource for finding accommodations and restaurants.

The Old Courthouse and Clerk’s Office is a popular attraction. The county courthouse was built in 1750. In 1800 the courts were moved to Isle of Wight which was the county seat. You can’t visit Smithfield without visiting the famous Smithfield Inn. Located on Main Street, the Inn was built in 1752 for Henry Woodley. Initially, it was a tavern and continued in that same vein until 1854 when the Christ Episcopal Church bought it and turned it into a rectory.

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