Trip Report! Smithfield VA

Come along with me. We're taking a little trip. Here We go!

Did you know that Smithfield ham and Champagne have lots in common? What you say? Really, Stuart? Yes. Really. But I’ll get to that in a minute. First things first.

Remember it’s Scottish Terrier Month and I mentioned that I’m celebrating ALL MONTH long. My birthday is THIS THURSDAY, but the peeps and I took a little birthday road trip early. So, come along and let me show you Smithfield, Virginia.

Smithfield is in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and about 8,000 people live there. It’s an old place – not by European standards, or, heck, not by the rest of the world’s standards for that matter – but it’s old enough to be called old around here. Lord, am I getting old, while we’re on the subject, turning 6. Can you believe that? That’s around 40 in human years. Sorry, I digress.

Smithfield was incorporated in 1752. Lots of history around here. It’s near Williamsburg and Jamestown. Where the good ‘ole U.S. of A. started. And it’s near Surry, too, and I have a cute little story to tell you about the trip from Surry to Jamestown, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

First, I must thank Mr. Bob Begland at Wharf Hill Antiques for the nice treat he gave me while I was shopping with the peeps. And thank you, too, sir, for letting me shop with you.

At first, my peep took me inside in Her arms. Then, Mr. Begland said, “Oh, you can let him walk around. Would you like a treat?” Well, you know how I feel about my two favorite things: shopping and eating. “Why, yessiree, I would like a treat!” I loved the treat and snooping around on the wooden floor throughout the shop.

Wharf Hill Antiques is next to the Smithfield Ham Shoppe. Now, here’s where I tell you about Smithfield Ham and Champagne. See, in order to be genuine Smithfield ham, it has to be made entirely in Smithfield Virginia – not just pieces and parts finished off in Smithfield – the whole kit and kaboodle must be snoot to store in Smithfield. Just like real Champagne can’t be made anywhere else but in the Champagne region of France.

So, there you have it. The next time you see the word “Smithfield” on your ham, it better be real Smithfield ham, or else it should be labeled “Smithfield style” ham or something like that. Like sparkling wine made in the “Champagne method” should be on the label of a sparkling wine made anywhere other than the Champagne region. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

See, you learn something new here at The Scottie Chronicles every day, don’t you? That’s what I’m here for my friends. No need to thank me.

On with our little tour…

I just love a tulip magnolia tree, don't you? Here I am on Main Street. A beautiful little street. Filled with shops and old brick homes and Victorian style houses. There's even a pet store. Woop woop.

There are a couple of bronze statues along Main Street, too. Like this one.

Here's the back. I thought it was kind of cool.

Here's Ben Franklin. I thought he was cool, too. He didn't care if I sniffed his feet. Heck, I could have peed on him and he wouldn't have cared, but I didn't. Didn't want to upset the peeps.

Hey, this little building is a church, but it was once a schoolhouse. Neat, huh?

This is the P.D. Gwaltney house - home of the "Peanut King" as he was called at time - around the turn of the century. He died in 1915. Virginia was once known as the Peanut Capital of the World. Bet ya didn't know that.

Here's another nice Victorian house. It's for sale, if you're interested.

We crossed a creek by way of this nice park with a great walking trail and TWO, count 'em, TWO terrific dog parks. I have to tell you about that in another post.

Walking along at the Smithfield Station marina. Huumm...what's this?

What is this thing? A VERY big rope. Smelly, too. YUM!

I love looking at boats.

OK. So this might look like the earlier photo, but take a closer look. We’re really close to lots of cars. We’re heading over from Surry to Jamestown. ON A FERRY! I’ve never even been on a boat, much less a ferry. WoooOOOooweeeee.

She took me out of the car and we went up these steps. Why the sign said to watch them, I don't know. They didn't move or anything. Nothing hopped out of them like a rabbit out of a hat, so I really don't know why I had to watch them. If you know Scotties, you know I could have sat there all day watching the steps waiting for something to happen.

Woo Hoo!

OK. Here's the view of the Surry side of the trip.

And here's the view of the Jamestown side of the trip. Our destination. That's the James River by the way.

Now here’s the little story. Back in the early 1920s, Sam Edwards, whose family was in the ham business, got the idea to sell ham sandwiches to passengers traveling between Surry and Jamestown. And the Perfect Ham Sandwich was born. Cool, huh? (My peep knows the current Sam Edwards and vouches for ANYTHING made with Edwards Hams. Trust Her on this.)

We had a pawsome time in Smithfield. The only thing better would be to find a place where We could spend the night. Together. My peeps and me. Sadly, I have to report that hotels there don’t accept pooches. Even perfect pooches like moi. I can’t tell you how mad I get when bad apples spoil the whole bunch for the rest of us.

Stay tuned for my report about the pawsome dog parks. Later.


What You Learned Today:

  • We took a trip to Smithfield and had a great time.
  • The trip was part of my birthday month celebration as part of Scottish Terrier Month.
  • I’m  having a little Comment Fun on my birthday, March 15.
  • Here’s how to participate:
    • Here are some rules:
      1. You can bark at me all you want next Thursday (March 15 – MY BIRTHDAY!!) but only one comment gets $1.00 donation.
      2. Vote for only one cause.
      3. In the event of a GAZILLION comments, We reserve the right to cap the donation OR to seek funding from other sources (my piggy bank isn’t that big).
      4. You must leave your comment on the March 15, 2012 blog post.
      5. Eligible comments will close at midnight eastern standard time U.S.A. on March 15, 2012.
    • You can read the original post here.

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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9 Responses to Trip Report! Smithfield VA

  1. Lee says:

    Just Fabulous ~ We loved seeing all your pics and we are going to toddle off and visit all the sites you mention. We love antiques in this home. We got a Smithfield Ham once!
    Sweet William The Scot

  2. Kyla says:

    I showed this to Him and He says that pigs will NEVER replace Champagne-they just aren’t the same.

    On Champagne, it would appear that the one who designed that path had one too many. It is probably the same one who laid out Lombard Street in San Francisco. I’d hate to see his coloring book when he was a child.

  3. Black Bentley says:

    Love the pictures of the trip!

  4. Smithfield is just beautiful, Stuart. I love the picture of the Tulip Magnolia dropping petals on you!

    Love ya lots,

  5. Hoke says:

    What a great trip you got to take!!! Lots of trees to poke around at and how did you enjoy meeting Ben Franklin!!! You always take the best adventures!!!

  6. Amelia and Marcella says:

    Hey Stuart,
    You should have gotten a pet at the pet store. Great idea, huh? It’s your birthday after all and you are old enough to have a pet. Maybe we’ll send you an orange kitty for your special day!
    Birthday hugs,
    Amelia and Marcella

  7. Abigail says:

    There is a town called Galena in Illinois, when I go shopping with Mom all the shop owners have their dogs with them at work. It’s awesome.


  8. hi Stuart, thanks for the tour… nice photos… I really luv the one with ya underneath the tulip magnolia xoxox Vanilla Bean

  9. Douglas says:

    Wow Stuart, I learned like 87 new things from you today! I loved your pictures, too, and I can’t wait to read about the dog park!


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