“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Smithfield, Virginia

Clickable Map of Isle of Wight County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Isle of Wight County, VA (51) Franklin Ind. City, VA (16) James City County, VA (207) Newport News Ind. City, VA (270) Southampton County, VA (24) Suffolk Ind. City, VA (60) Surry County, VA (36)  IsleofWightCounty(51) Isle of Wight County (51)  (16) Franklin (16)  JamesCityCounty(207) James City County (207)  NewportNews(270) Newport News (270)  SouthamptonCounty(24) Southampton County (24)  Suffolk(60) Suffolk (60)  SurryCounty(36) Surry County (36)
Isle of Wight is the county seat for Isle of Wight County
Smithfield is in Isle of Wight County
      Isle of Wight County (51)  
      Franklin (16)  
      James City County (207)  
      Newport News (270)  
      Southampton County (24)  
      Suffolk (60)  
      Surry County (36)  
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1Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Atkinson Storehouse
Built in 1826 constructed with handmade soft Virginia bricks. Originally used to store peanuts, crops, and dry goods. It was converted into a residence and doctors office around 1900.Map (db m166422) HM
2Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-242 — Basse’s Choice
In Nov. 1621, Capt. Nathaniel Basse received a grant of 300 acres of land, now known as Basse’s Choice, located nearby. It was one of the first English settlements in Isle of Wight County, though humans had lived there more than 5000 years. On Mar. . . . Map (db m2678) HM
3Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Battle of SmithfieldThe Town that Wouldn’t Surrender Reported missing
This section of the Pagan River in front of you is where the Union gunboat, USS Smith-Briggs, was run aground and destroyed by local Confederate troops during the January 31-February 1, 1864, Battle of Smithfield. Smithfield . . . Map (db m156842) HM
4Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-246 — Benn’s Church
This Methodist Church was known in 1804 as Benn’s Chapel. Bishop Asbury preached here in 1804.Map (db m2674) HM
5Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-241 — Bennett’s Plantation
By Nov. 1621, Edward Bennett had obtained a patent from the Virginia Company to establish Bennett’s Plantation, also known as Warrascoyack and Bennett’s Welcome. By Feb. 1622, the Sea Flower arrived with the first residents and they began . . . Map (db m2677) HM
6Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Bricks in the Crosswalk
Main Street was once paved in brick during the early twentieth century. During the street's reconstruction from 1991 to 1993, the old paving bricks found under the asphalt were removed to make way for the installation of underground utilities. The . . . Map (db m166421) HM
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7Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Farm Manager's Office18th Century to the Present
Like the other structures on this site, this square building reflects a combination of eras. There are sections dating to the 18th century as well as evidence of a wood-burning stove, a more modern convenience. The building's earliest use is . . . Map (db m166413) HM
8Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Fort BoykinTrue Southerners Do and Dare — The 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
True Southerners Do and Dare. The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Directly in front of you is the entrance to Fort Boykin. Originally built in 1623 to protect the colonists against “Spaniards by sea and Indians by land” and called . . . Map (db m2699) HM
9Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — 35 — Fort Boykin Historic Park
The Warraskoyack Indians had a town south of Fort Boykin in the vicinity of Tormentor Creek and another on Jones Creek near the mouth of the Pagan River. John Smith stayed with them on his 1608 mission to Powhatan’s residence on the York River . . . Map (db m2757) HM
10Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Fort HugerDefending the James River — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
(prelude) In April 1862, Union forces under Gen. George B. McClellan began a major campaign to capture Richmond, marching west from Fort Monroe up the Peninsula between the York and James Rivers toward the Confederate capital. A Confederate . . . Map (db m35929) HM
11Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — 34 — Fort HugerCaptain John Smith’s Adventures on the James — —
Shells have been found in amazing quantities along this area of the river. The Indians who lived beside the saltwater stretches of river did not have tuckahoe and other freshwater plants to sustain them in poor crop years, when shellfish likely . . . Map (db m18641) HM
12Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-327 — Fort Huger
One mile northeast, at Hardy’s Bluff on Lawne’s Neck, existed Fort Huger, a Civil War earthen fortification. Virginia State Engineer Col. Andrew Talcott authorized this and other forts to block any Union naval advance up the James River to Richmond. . . . Map (db m18619) HM
13Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Founding Site of Smithfield Packing Company
At this site on September 16, 1936, Joseph W. Luter and Joseph W. Luter Jr. founded Smithfield Packing Company which alter became known as Smithfield Foods. The meat processing plant built at this location cured and smoked fresh hams into what is . . . Map (db m166505) HM
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14Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Historic St. Luke's ChurchWar Comes to the Old Brick Church
Early in the war, Confederate authorities were concerned that Union forces might advance up the James River from Fort Monroe. As a precaution, they constructed waterfront artillery batteries along the river, including in Isle of Wight County, and . . . Map (db m103839) HM
15Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — History of Longleaf Pine in Virginia
In the early 1600s, Captain John Smith and the Jamestown colonists noted long-needled pines along the south bank of the James River and recognized their potential as a valuable resource. Soon after, the first "tryalls of pitch and tar" (naval . . . Map (db m166419) HM
16Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Isle of Wight County War Memorial
Dedicated to all veterans of Isle of Wight County for their honorable service to our nation. June 14, 2001 By these engravings we remember all those who made the supreme sacrifice in the wars of our nation, and less we not . . . Map (db m36051) HM
17Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-329 — Ivy Hill Cemetery
One half-mile north, Ivy Hill Cemetery, established in 1887, is the resting place of many prominent local residents including Joseph W. Luter, Sr., Smithfield Packing Company co-founder, and P.D. Gwaltney Jr., founder of Gwaltney Hams. Others buried . . . Map (db m166424) HM
18Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Joseph W. Luter, IIIWindsor Castle Park
In recognition of Joseph W. Luter, III for his generosity and loyalty to the town of Smithfield and its citizens. Joseph W. Luter, III, a Smithfield native, has been a generous benefactor to the Town of Smithville. Highly regarded throughout the . . . Map (db m98266) HM
19Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Kitchen and Laundry18th Century
Separate buildings for kitchens and laundries were commonplace for elite households in colonial America. All meal preparation was from scratch and cooked in front of an open hearth while laundering required kettles of hot water, tables for . . . Map (db m166417) HM
20Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Law & Politics in 18th Century Isle of Wight
Constructed in 1750 and 1751, this building was the center of law and politics in Isle of Wight County until 1800, when the seat of county government was moved to its current location, seven miles south of Smithfield.Map (db m36049) HM
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21Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Liquid MazeCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
More than 100,000 rivers, streams, and creeks flow through the Chesapeake region. This massive web of waterways includes some 11,000 miles of shoreline---more than that of the entire U.S. West Coast. For centuries, these watercourses comprised . . . Map (db m98262) HM
22Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-316 — Old Isle of Wight Courthouse
Smithfield served as the county seat from 1752 to 1801. The Old Isle of Wight Courthouse was built in 1752. Constructed by William Rand, it is one of Virginia's few surviving colonial structures and is notable for having a semicircular apse with a . . . Map (db m35961) HM
23Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-238 — Old Town
Half a mile north, stood the Warrascoyack Indian village. Captain John Smith obtained corn there for the starving colonists in 1608. The Warrascoyacks took part in the massacre of 1622 and their village was destroyed in 1623. In 1680, Old Town was . . . Map (db m18655) HM
24Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Saint Luke's Church
Saint Luke's Church Mother Church of Warrasquyoake now Isle of Wight County The earliest original Gothic architecture structure in the United States of America 1632 An unique bridge between our civilization and the rich culture . . . Map (db m86205) HM
25Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-243 — Smithfield Reported permanently removed
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 . . . Map (db m156924) HM
26Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-243 — Smithfield
Smithfield, incorporated in 1752, became a busy colonial port and was county seat of Isle of Wight through 1800. British troops under Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold occupied the town on 15 Jan 1781. During the Civil War, a two-day naval engagement . . . Map (db m157052) HM
27Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Smokehouse19th Century
Pigs arrived in Virginia with the first English colonists and thrived in the warm, humid climate. Traditionally, the English used salt to preserve their pork, but the resulting meat was no match for the hot summers in Virginia. The colonists . . . Map (db m166416) HM
28Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K-245 — St. Luke’s Church
St. Luke’s Church, also known as “The Brick Church,” and the Newport Parish Church, is likely America’s purest expression of Gothic architecture. Its buttressed walls, lancet side windows, and traceried east windows link the building to the . . . Map (db m2675) HM
29Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Z-242 — Surry County / Isle of Wight County
Surry County. Surry County, named for the county of Surrey in England, was formed from James City County about 1652. The Quiyoughcohannocks, whose villages were primarily situated in present-day Surry County, were among the first Virginia . . . Map (db m2680) HM
30Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — The Todd House & the First Smithfield Ham
In this house, in about 1780, Captain Mallory Todd cured the first commercially produced Smithfield hams, which were shipped to customers in England. Hams were cured on this site from 1779 to 1936. The original Todd warehouse stood on the . . . Map (db m166503) HM
31Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — 35 — Welcome to Fort Boykin Historic ParkCaptain John Smith’s Adventures on the James — —
Fort Boykin was named after Francis Marshall Boykin who was a Virginia state senator, general in the state militia and owner of the property on which the fort was built. The topography at Fort Boykin provided the best possible location for . . . Map (db m18638) HM
32Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — Welcome to Windsor Castle Park
The Park Story - Located in the heart of downtown Smithfield, Windsor Castle Park is a 208-acre riverside park. Dedicated in May of 2010, the park features a woodland trail system, picnic and open area space, dog park, kayak/canoe launch, . . . Map (db m166415) HM
33Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Smithfield — K 240-b — Wrenn’s Mill
Wrenn’s Mill stood south of here on Pagan Creek. A mill powered by water for grinding grain existed there before 1685, when Thomas Green bequeathed it to his wife. The mill was referred to as Little Mill and Green’s Mill before Charles Wrenn . . . Map (db m2679) HM
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Mar. 28, 2023