Town & Country Day and WWI/WWII Commemoration – This Saturday!

Annual Town & Country Day and the Isle of Wight Museum’s WWI & WWII Commemoration Programs – THIS SATURDAY, October 14!

Taking place the second Saturday in October of each year, Smithfield and Isle of Wight’s Annual Town and Country Day celebrates our historic port town and the county’s rich agricultural heritage with days of fun-filled activities for the entire family, including:

15th Annual Smithfield Hog Jog 5K Run & Kids Run
Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the Smithfield Foods parking area (Luter Drive) in downtown Smithfield
A challenging 5k run through downtown Smithfield. The Kids Run is approximately 250 meters. Followed by music, prizes, hot dogs and beer. Open to all ages. Average ticket price:  $25 – $30.
For further information email Robin at or call 757.329.2418.

Smithfield Farmers Market
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon, 115 Main Street in downtown Smithfield
The market runs EVERY SATURDAY through October. Specialty Markets are open until 1:00 p.m. Named one of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America” by, the Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Bank of Southside Virginia and offers tasty foods, baked goods, lovely gift items & of course, plenty of fresh produce and LIVE MUSIC every week!
For further information contact Market Manager, Cheryl Ketcham at

Souper Saturday
Saturday, October 14 from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar Street in downtown Smithfield
Organized by Smithfields’ Christian Outreach Program (COP), volunteers and local churches come together to serve homemade soups, desserts, ham biscuits and more to raise money for the Isle of Wight Social Services Department’s fuel assistance program. 100% of the proceeds will be donated for this cause. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children, and can be purchased through local churches or at the COP building.  Food for this event can be either eaten at the church or picked up through the “drive-thru” at the church.
For further information call 757.356-1511.

Court Day at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse
Saturday, October 14, 130 Main Street in downtown Smithfield
Performances at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. (No performance between 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Admission is Free for this annual re-enactment of an actual court case that was held in the 1750 Courthouse between 1752 and 1800.
For further information call 757.356.9016​.

Guided Tour of Ivy Hill Cemetery
Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 451 N. Church Street, Smithfield

Join Tour Guide, Kathy Mountjoy to learn about the Civil War soldiers, local business giants, and families of note who tell the story of Smithfield and are represented in this lovely cemetery overlooking the banks of the Pagan River. There are veterans from many wars and graves of the most influential families in the town’s history located here. This tour includes a description of the history of the rural cemetery movement which began in the mid-19th century. There is no cost for the tour. Ivy Hill Tours are held the second Saturday of each month from March through November (weather permitting).
For further information call 757.408.1935.

Sergeant Jack Finley of Smithfield drrove for the Red Ball Express, 1944. This photo is from his collection_
Sergeant Jack Finley, Smithfield drove for the Red Ball Express, 1944. Photo: Mr. Finley’s collection.

The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly to plan, develop and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. Communities across the Commonwealth are participating and recognizing their veterans and the local effects of these catastrophic events.

The Isle of Wight County Museum, to commemorate the events of both world wars and their impact on Isle of Wight County, will honor local veterans and feature lectures, living historians, stories, document preservation and the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission’s Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile interactive museum.

Throughout the day, visitors can meet a World War I Doughnut Girl, hear one of FDR’s Fireside Chats, visit the statewide traveling museum which will be parked just outside the museum or enjoy these lectures and events:

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Ollie King of Rescue, VA, WWI

9:30 a.m. Tour of Ivy Hill Cemetery Featuring Veterans, 451 N. Church Street
Kathy Mountjoy

10:15 a.m. Flash Course: World War I in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

10:45 a.m. Flash Course: World War II in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

11 a.m. Airship ROMA
Nancy E. Sheppard, author of The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads

11 a.m. Tour of Ivy Hill Cemetery Featuring Veterans, 451 N. Church Street
Kathy Mountjoy

12:00 Noon. Women in War
Tracey Neikirk, Curator

12:30 p.m. Flash Course: World War I in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

12:45 p.m. Flash Course: World War II in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

1:30 p.m. World War I and World War II Film Forum
Mike Holtzclaw of the Daily Press shares clips and trivia about classic war movies

Please visit the museum for this moving event. Admission is free for the day.

Visit the museum’s website ( beginning October 13 to view an online exhibit of residents and families who served during both wars. Visitors may also bring photographs, journals and other ephemera the day of the event for inclusion on our website and as part of the Library of Virginia’s archives. Items will be scanned and returned the same day.

The Isle of Wight County Museum is located at 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield.  757.356.1223