Smithfield Va., located in Isle of Wight county and also one of the eight original shires of Virginia. A River town that is known as the Ham capital of the world.Prior to the Revolution, members of the English Monarchy had standing orders for Smithfields hams.
Located on the banks of the Pagan river, the opposite shore of the James River and across from Jamestown, it was soon discovered by Captain John Smith and the early settlers.
Segar Cofer Dashiell Smithfield was born on banks of Pagan river . In 1752, incorporated by Arthur Smith the IV. Smithfields life and growth was conditioned by the river, Smith IV parceled out the family farm in 72 lots and 4 streets and housed British merchants and Sea Captains.
this info from the visitor guide we picked up at the visitor center in Smithfield.
Pigs are not native to Va., and were brought to the colonies from Bermuda and England.
Since the climate of Va. was so suitable for raising pigs, they multiplied and became a nuisance and the settlers rounded them up and transported them to an island called "Hog Island".
They became the principle food for the settlers and Indians. Long before the settlers arrived in Jamestown the Indians had been curing venison by smoking, they taught them to cure meat with what they called "magic white sand" or salt. The methods of salting, smoking and aging venison was adapted by the white man to preserving the meat of the plentiful Razorback Hog. ( I credit this information from a site called "whats cooking in America / History of country Ham)
The tan home in the middle is one of the first lots to be sold in the new town of Smithfield in 1752
It went for four pounds and six shillings.
James Eason first occupied the house in 1756
Home of Whitley family from 1913 to 1988
I thought this was decorated nicely , I am glad some decorations were left up.
circa 1900 ballroom on third floor
widows walk at it's peak
lot purchased by Andrew Mackie in 1758 who was the builder of original part of home and occupied until 1778
P.D. Gwaltney Jr. House - re established the meat curing and packing co. started by Mallory Todd
took two years to build, completed in 1901- turrets , towers, stained glass,tiled roof, bay windows and cabinet mantles inlaid in mother of pearl.
erected in 1897 Victorian
built in 1877 for captain O.G. Delk in Kempers brigade in civil war.
built about 1795 of board and batten
built around 1889
built about 1899
The Castle, built before 1750 by Arthur Smith IV
stuccoed brick home , most likely not the original home of the plantation patented in 1637 to the third son of Arthur Smith of Blackmore Essex England. The town of Smithfield was laid out on a portion of Smiths original land grant from the King of England.
this info from the brochure I picked up from visitor center in town.
built in 1830 Church contains original Tiffany windows
built about 1796
zillions of blackbirds over cornfield as we were leaving Smithfield