Savor the Sweetness of Spring

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Savor the Sweetness of Spring: Browder’s Fresh Pickins As the days grow longer and the air fills with the scent of blooming flowers, there’s a palpable sense of energy in the air. Spring has arrived, and with it comes the promise of new beginnings and vibrant experiences. In many towns and cities across the country, […]

Celebrating Excellence: Voted 2024 Reader’s Choice!

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Celebrating Excellence: Smithfield Station Voted 2024 Best Of Coastal Virginia Readers’ Choice Winner! In the heart of historic Smithfield, Virginia, nestled along the picturesque banks of the Pagan River, lies a gem cherished by locals and visitors alike: Smithfield Station. With its blend of small-town charm, waterfront views, and delectable cuisine, it comes as no […]

Rappahannock Oysters Are Here!

In the world of oysters, nothing reins king like the Chesapeake Bay Oyster!  For centuries, no region in the world could challenge the flavor of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  But, since the 1970’s the formerly famed Chesapeake Bay oyster has struggled to maintain its title as king and many species all but disappeared.  At its very […]

New Children’s PlayScape Now Open In Smithfield!

Unlike a traditional playground in a box, the new Natural Children’s PlayScape project at Windsor Castle Park is integrated into the environment. Tunnels are part of the landscaping, slides are embedded into the hillside, and natural materials were used.  There are two main areas.  Towards the existing dog park is the “toddler area” with amenities […]

The 2016 BOB Fest Is THIS Weekend!

BOB Fest has Arrived!!   The 2016 BOB Fest Is THIS Weekend! January is usually a time of post-holiday slumber, but historic Smithfield Virginia has turned that slumber into a rockin’ party with the Smithfield BOB Fest – Bloody Mary’s, Oysters, Brunswick Stew, BBQ… and more! Held annually on the Saturday of Martin Luther King […]


Every once in a while there are things in this business that are just really make you love what you do. Don’t get me wrong, the hospitality business is a great one. You meet people from all over with all different stories. However, I really relate and love the transient boaters that come to Smithfield […]

Windsor Castle Archaeology

Dig to address many unknowns about the property. Archaeology is a science which draws from many disciplines. Since 2010, the Wheatland Foundation, a non-profit organization, in Williamsburg, Va., has worked with the Town of Smithfield at Windsor Castle to conduct field investigations and preliminary laboratory processing and analyses. This ongoing work will help guide proposed […]

Coldest Winter On Record For Smithfield

A new record is set. So yeah, it was a cold winter here.  Coldest on record actually.  There are a couple of lessons that need to be learned from this.  For starters, Smithfield Station has seen its fair share of hurricanes over the year.  Nor’ Easters as well.  In fact, this is a place that […]

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