“Southerners can’t stand to eat alone. If we’re going to cook a mess of greens we want to eat them with a mess of people.”
~ Julia Reed
Smithfield was named the #1 day-trip destination from Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. We’ll make getting here easy:
From Norfolk/Virginia Beach (40 – 50 minutes) Take 264 towards Downtown Norfolk, take the Downtown Bridge/Tunnel to Portsmouth, follow 264 towards Chesapeake, then 664 towards Newport News/Hampton. Exit 9a is Route 17 N. towards the James River Bridge. Turn left at 258 S. (Brewer’s Neck), follow signs to Smithfield, turn right onto Route 10 West and take the business route (stay right). Turn left on Main Street.
From Richmond (90 minutes), Newport News and Hampton (20 minutes) Take 64 E. and exit Mercury Boulevard/James River Bridge. Follow Rt. 17 S. to 258 S. Turn left at 258 S. (Brewer’s Neck), follow signs to Smithfield, turn right onto Route 10 West and take the business route (stay right). Turn left on Main Street.
Car & Ferry Directions
Every year, the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry brings thousands of visitors (and cars) from Williamsburg and Jamestown to Scotland in Surry County. The 15 minute crossing over the historic James River is a trip in itself.
From Jamestown/Scotland Ferry (25 minutes) After departing ferry in Surry, take 31 W. to caution light in Surry. Left on Rt. 10 E. to Smithfield. Left on 258 N. (Main Street).
Smithfield has long been a favored destination for Hampton Roads boaters. The Pagan River was recently dredged to a minimum depth of 10 feet, ample depth for vessels with 6-foot drafts. Here’s how to navigate our waters:
Proceed through the high rise draw at the James River Bridge. Head for Day’s Point, the point of land on the far side of the mouth of the Pagan River. The Pagan is the first river opening on the left after the James River Bridge. Look for the “2 Day” marker at the mouth of the Pagan. Closely follow the day markers (there are several shallow points off the channel) to the Pagan River to Smithfield Station Marina. The Smithfield Inn is four blocks up the hill on Church Street and left on Main.
Delightful Dining at the Smithfield Inn, a PDF article from the Virginian Pilot