Known as "The Ham Capital of the World," the town is famous for "Smithfield Ham," a product that, by government mandate, must be cured within city limits and anchors Smithfield's largest employer - and a Fortune 500 company - Smithfield Foods.
Smithfield was named one of the "50 Best Small Southern Towns" in the guidebook of the same name authored by Gerald Swietzer and Kathy M. Fields.
There are two grade schools - Westside and Hardy Elementary - as well as Smithfield Middle School and Smithfield High School.
Outdoor recreation is a big part of day-to-day life in Smithfield, with resources like Nike Park facilitating hiking and camping and Cypress Creek Golf Course offering up a world-class day on the links.
The Smithfield Times - Offers residence access to classified listings, police reports and breaking local news.
Shop Smithfield - A look at the unique commercial offerings available in Smithfield's Historic District and the Isle of Wight, as well as cultural attractions
Things to Do and Conveniences in Smithfield
Smithfield has won numerous distinctions from a host of publications that laud it for it's historic charm. For example, Southern Living Magazine called it one of the best southern communities to spend the holidays. As well, the historic downtown is home to more than 70 buildings considered by the Isle of Wight Historical Society to be significant.