Hams, History, Hositality and HeARTS! Visit beautiful Isle of Wight County and Historic Smithfield. One of the eight original shires in Virginia and nestled along the banks of the beautiful Pagan and James Rivers. For centuries clipper ships sailed into Smithfield's harbor bringing goods from the outside world and returning home with our famous Smithfield ham and peanuts. Stroll along Main Street and visit one of many specialty shops, art galleries, splendid restaurants and unique attractions. View the different styles of architecture along the historic walking tour of the homes. Take part in one of many art, music and historic festivals and special events. One of a kind location for a one of a kind experience!