Isle of Wight County Museum

Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main Street, Smithfield, Va.     757-356-1223 10 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sunday       Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day

The Isle of Wight County Museum was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of county history. Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and colonial artifacts, a country store and displays regarding the ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham.

2014 Events

Jan. 16. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Black bears.

Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Smithfield. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event marks the 150th commemoration of the 1864 Battle of Smithfield. Elements include living historians, the Virginia Historical Society’s exhibit An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission’s HistoryMobile and guided tours along Church Street detailing the battle. An event not to miss! Free.

Feb. 7. A Night at the Movies. 7 p.m. Mike Holtzclaw, the Daily Press’ very own Roger Ebert, will regale us with clips and trivia about classic Civil War films. The General, Shenandoah, Gone with the Wind and The Outlaw Josey Wales…this will be an evening of popcorn, levity and adventure as we give a thumbs up or thumbs down to important moments in film history.

Feb. 20. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Spices.

Feb. 22. Revolutionary War Lecture. 2 p.m. Local living historian Rob Friar discusses the Revolutionary War and its impact on Smithfield and Isle of Wight County from January to July 1781.

March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1. Battle of Smithfield Walking Tour. 2 p.m. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Smithfield. Meet us at the museum for a lecture and a walk down Church Street as we detail the events of this battle.

March 20. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Alpacas.

April 10. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Country stores.

April 11. Home School Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All of our historic sites welcome homeschoolers of all ages with a selection of fun and engaging activities that highlight the history of Isle of Wight County and Virginia.

May 15. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Herbs.

Spring TBA. Hams from Around the World: Tasting and Lecture. This tasty lecture is a worthwhile adventure in educating yourself in all things ham. Patrick Evans-Hylton, a banker-turned-Johnson & Wales trained chef, has been a food writer since 1995 and is currently senior editor for food and wine at Hampton Roads Magazine. He is a food educator, historian and author and appears monthly on a food news/issues-themed episode of HearSay with Cathy Lewis on 89.5 FM. You won’t want to miss this event!

June 7. National Iced Tea Month! 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by the museum today to learn about the second most popular beverage in the world.

June 14, July 12, Aug 9. Walking Tour Along Church Street. 10:30 a.m. Join us as we venture for a stroll down Church Street to explore the history of our fascinating county!

July 12. The Pet Ham’s 112th Birthday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The world’s oldest ham turns 112! 112 is an abundant number, a heptagonal number, a Harshad number and the sum of six consecutive prime numbers (11, 13, 17, 19, 23 and 29.) More importantly, 112 is a good excuse for cake. Join us in this annual tribute to the birthday boy, and help us launch our annual Pan Ham contest.

Sept. 18. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Back to school.

Oct. 16. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Fall colors.

Oct. 26. Curatorial Talk. 2:30 p.m. Isle of Wight County Museum Curator Tracey Neikirk discusses proper methods for preserving your family treasures – everything from photographs to fabrics.

Nov. 20. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Turkeys.

Dec. 18. Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Bring winter inside with a snowflake.

 

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