Smithfield Va is know as the Ham Capital of the World” But did you know there is so much , history here. If you ever find yourself in Smithfield , the Smithfield Inn is the place to spend the night at. A breath taking Inn with so much history, in its self. Built in 1752, is older than The Alamo or even Independence Hall in Philadelphia. George Washington slept there. The Inn continues to honor his presence with the George Washington Suite.
Stepping through the front door , your greeted with so much hospitality and warmth. The Inn is breath taking, form the warm colors to the feeling of being home. The Smithfield Inn offers five historic, one-of-a-kind bed & breakfast suites on the second floor, each with a private bath, sitting room and bedroom with queen size bed, except for the Todd Suite which has a king. The Luter and Todd Suites have working gas fireplaces.
In addition, the adjacent Garden House offers three charming rooms, one with two bedrooms and two with King size beds. All rooms come with robes, high speed Internet connection, LCD TVs and phone with free local calls. For the time I spent here , my room was in the garden house . Beautiful and warming there is a small sitting room , The Sinclair Room is located at the bottom area and the The Sprigg Room, and the The Dashiell/Smith Room are at the top level. Your treated so special , every room has a robe.
At the time of groundbreaking, Smithfield’s bustling wharf harbor had become a popular destination for clipper ships bringing goods from the old world to the new. The reason? They could return loaded down with two new world delicacies—the hams and peanuts that have made Smithfield world famous.
To serve these travelers and others coming over the main stagecoach route from Norfolk to Richmond and eventually steamboat and motorcar, the original residence was converted to an Inn and Tavern in 1759. Thus began over 250 years of southern hospitality and charm that still defines the “Old Inn on Main Street”.
Notable changes along the way included raising the roof to a full second story in 1870, part of bringing the Inn back from disrepair after the Civil War, and a major renovation by the Sykes family in 1922, adding the long kitchen and dining room wing and enlarging the porch across the entire front. For 40 years the Sykes Inn was known for its signature home cooked meals and relaxed atmosphere.
Today the owner of the Smithfield Inn, Smithfield Foods, welcome you to a new Smithfield Inn, beautifully renovated yet, as always, steeped in tradition and charm reminiscent of simpler times in the genteel old South.
Our first night we were hosted to a beautifully decorated dinning room, just for us and the meal was out of this world. Pulled pork, spare ribs and potato wedges, and it all was so good, everything had a unique flavor to it. This was just the beginning of our journey, there was so much to see and do. The town of Smithfield has something for, everyone to do and see. A cozy town full of history.
For more information you can connect with Smithfield Inn, on their website.