"The Home of the Ham" Smithfield by grandmaR

Smithfield Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 39 photos

In 1621, Captain Nathaniel Basse first sailed his ship the Furtherance up the Pagan River to near what is now Smithfield, Virginia and settled a 300 acre parcel of land he called Basse's Choice.

The historic market in town says:
"The town was established in 1752. The Masonic Hall was built in 1753. Benedict Arnold occupied the town , January 15, 1781. At Cherry Grove Landing near by, skirmishing took place on April 13-15 1864, and the Confederates made a daring capture of a Union vessel on December 5, 1864."

The town has many examples of Victorian houses. John Smith was the first Englishman to explore in this area and much of the land was settled by members of his family. Fort Boykin, which is north of Smithfield, has a long history. It was used to defend that part of the James River from the British during the Revolutionary War. It changed hands over the years but was given to the State of Virginia by descendants of the original owners.

  • Last visit to Smithfield: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 26, 2005
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