1750 Isle of Wight County Courthouse
A restored 18th century Courthouse
The old courthouse, located at 130 Main Street in Smithfield, Virginia, was built between 1750-1751. The construction of the courthouse was believed to be modeled after the Capitol Building in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was used as the main courthouse for Isle of Wight for about 50 years. Around 1800 the court system was moved to a more central location, Isle of Wight, Virginia, its present location. Today, the 1750 Isle of Wight County Courthouse has been beautifully restored and is available for free tours and as a rental space.
The 1750 Isle of Wight County Courthouse is located in historic downtown Smithfield, located in the Coastal Southeastern Tidewater Region of Virginia. Pictured above are the original 72 lots that were established in 1752 for the Town of Smithfield. The Courthouse is located on Lot # 8.
See map below to plan a trip and get directions to the courthouse.
"A time machine! An easy way to 'travel' to the past, just open its door!" - Doxakis
"Lots of history and when we visited the staff person stationed inside knew a lot of the history and easily answered all questions." - Michael
"This was a cool place to see. The volunteer that was there was so full of information and answered all my questions. Glad I stopped in." -Local Guide
Admission to the courthouse is free of charge. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible who live in and visit our community. Operations and programs of the courthouse are supported by donations, memberships, and special events. Supporting our goals and mission is greatly appreciated to keep our courthouse alive.
Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Come see a live reenactment of a case from our historical court records!
1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse
130 Main Street.
Smithfield, VA 23430