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Smithfield Plantation

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Grounds & Garden

There is much more to experience at Smithfield than the Preston's historic home. In addition and newly added buildings and outdoor areas that assist in the the interpretation of colonial life.

Garden and Heirloom Orchard

The Smithfield garden is designed as a demonstration garden rather than a restoration. The garden displays a variety of authentic 18th century plants, many of which were mentioned in Preston family documents. Be sure to visit the garden during your visit. In addition to being available for visitors, the garden offers historic lessons in sustainability and self-reliance.

History was made at Smithfield, and we exist today to share that history with you. Today, the historic site is not only a tour destination, but also a rich resource for scholars, family members, and history enthusiasts of all sorts.


  • as one of our period interpreters describes life on the frontier while you tour our beautiful House and Grounds.


  • the herbs and historic plants in our garden. Return to Smithfield during our Plant Sale to purchase a piece of Smithfield for your own garden.


  • holding your own meeting, reception, musical event or birthday in an authentic historical setting.


  • through our Museum Store for unique period items.

Smithfield Museum Store

You are invited to visit the Smithfield Museum Store for the perfect gift. The merchandise celebrates the history of our special place through craftsmanship and design.

A sample of the choices that awaits you includes: pewter, jewelry, pottery, children's colonial toys, books, Jefferson brass, Blenko glass, and consumables. Many gifts are Virginia made. All volumes of The Smithfield Review are also available at the store.

The Museum Store is located in the lower level of the Smithfield house, and is open during regular tours of the house and during some special events. An admission ticket is not required to visit the store. Members of Preservation Virginia receive a 10% discount on store purchases.

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Details and Specs

Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM5:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sun1:00 PM5:00 PM
Notes: Open April through the first Week of December. Closed Wednesdays


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