The first annual Virginia Cheese Farm to Table Dinner took place at the Historic Smithfield Plantation Pavilion in 2017.

History

William Preston, a leader of westward expansion and a prominent Southwestern Virginia Revolutionary War patriot came to settle at the eastern continental divide and established Smithfield as his home.   In a land of log cabins and physical hardship, Smithfield, in its sophisticated elegance, became the political and social center of Fincastle County, Virginia (1772).  Of course, the newly-formed County included all of Southwest Virginia and all of what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a rather large area indeed.

Completed in 1774, Smithfield became not only the county’s political and social center, it was a beacon, a destination, for thousands of settlers moving west to seek new land and opportunity.  Smithfield became a place of resting and storing new provisions before the next leg of the westward passage.

Travel back to the 18th century.  Experience life in the home of a colonial leader with the guidance of a costumed interpreter who knows the culture as well as the artifacts.

Smithfield stands today as the finest example of an original, pre-Revolutionary structure in Western Virginia.

Smithfield is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register and is a member of  the The New River Heritage Coalition.  In 2014, Smithfield was designated by the Virginia General Assembly as the Family Homestead of Virginia Governors.

 

Location and Directions

​Historic Smithfield Plantation is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at at 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060. The site is adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus in the heart of Blacksburg, Virginia, 9 miles from Interstate 81.

From the East and South (from Roanoke, Floyd, Wytheville, Bristol, Charlotte, etc.):

  • From I-81, take Exit 118-B towards Blacksburg
  • Follow Route 460 Bypass towards Blacksburg and Virginia Tech.
  • Take the Prices Fork Exit to the right (Downtown).
  • Follow Prices Fork Road (Route 412) to West Campus Drive (Virginia Tech entrance) and turn right.
  • At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Duck Pond Drive.
  • Follow Duck Pond Drive around to Smithfield Plantation Road.
  • Turn right onto Smithfield Plantation Road and proceed to Historic Smithfield.

From the West (from Giles County or West Virginia):

  • Follow Route 460 and the Route 460 Bypass  towards Blacksburg and Virginia Tech.
  • ​Take the Prices Fork Exit to the left (Downtown).
  • Follow Prices Fork Road (Route 412) to West Campus Drive (Virginia Tech entrance) and turn right.
  • At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Duck Pond Drive.
  • Follow Duck Pond Drive around to Smithfield Plantation Road.
  • Turn right onto Smithfield Plantation Road and proceed to Historic Smithfield.