Adventure: Historic Smithfield Va.

Smithfield home

As part of our anniversary celebration, Husband and I spent an overnight in historic Smithfield, Va. To be completely honest, I have to tell you that we utterly fell in love with this town.

The town dates from the 1700s, and includes architecture of all kinds–colonial, civil war, Victorian… It’s a beautiful mix, with surprising details around every corner. In short, this town is chock full of what we like to call character. The buildings are beautiful, many have been completely restored.

I’m sorry to say that I somehow neglected to take pictures of most of the buildings–I think I was too much in awe to think of photography. But you can see them all in chronological order here.

Historic home with character in Smithfield

Many of the homes are far more grandiose than we could ever afford, but we thought perhaps the building below would be more in our price range =). We took to calling it our “River Home for weekend getaways”.

Our River Home

(We did look up local real estate, surprised to find that there were adorable historic homes that are in fact quite affordable!)

We stayed a short walk away from the historic district, at Smithfield Station. The accommodations and the restaurant were both delightful, and we especially liked sitting on our balcony overlooking the Pagan River.

View of the Pagan River

Smithfield Virginia

Also within walking distance was Windsor Castle Park. There are several miles of trails, a historic farm, a kayak launch and much more. We enjoyed several walks along the trails and bridges, each with lovely views of the river and many canopied by large trees.

Windsor Castle Park

The Pagan River and tributaries run through Smithfield.

Cotton

We also went kayaking through the Pagan River, and enjoyed every minute–especially our up-close-and-personal inspections of nearby boathouses. We dream that perhaps one day we will be so lucky as to have a dock of our very own.

A dock and boathouse in Smithfield.

Sumi-e paintingWe also took a quick peak in the visitor’s center which doubles as an art gallery that houses local artists’ studios. There we came across an artist working on sumi-e painting, a style that comes from Japan. The artist, Roy Williams, took a few minutes to talk to us about his medium and we learned he is a local wine connoisseur and retired chemistry professor as well.

We have grand plans to return here often, a mere hour from home it is a reachable piece of heaven. And in our dreams, we believe we can someday live here too. Someday…

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