Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Recent Trip to Smithfield, VA

On a short jaunt outside the house this past week, We saw this barge being pulled down-river by a tug.  We went home for my "good" camera, and found a good vantage point from the local beach.  The James River is about 7 miles wide, so it  took by telephoto lens to get this shot.

While I was at it, I scanned over to the town of Smithfield which lies almost directly across from our community in Newport News, VA.  We can barely just see their watertower using binoculars (or a telephoto lens).  We decided to head over the bridge to have lunch in Smithfield.
I love taking a "short-cut" which leads past this picturesque marina that lies on a tributary creek to the James.

There wasn't a good place to pull over, and the road was surprisingly busy, so I had to catch this shot from the window of our car.  I'm going to have to get up early in the morn to capture this scene in better light someday.
Once in Smithfield, we parked next the Ben and his friends to do a little shopping and lunch at one of the many local eateries.  We chose A Taste of Smithfield that day for soup and a sandwich.  While there, we picked up a few stocking-stuffers for this Christmas.  Next door is a lovely antique shop that we always like to stroll through.  We didn't buy anything that day, but it's always fun to browse.

My closing shot was taken several years ago when my then daughter-in-law introduced me to Smithfield.  This pretty cobblestone wall is no longer here, but the home and garden still survive. 

Smithfield is a delightful town amid many historical sites along the Southside of the James River.  If you plan a future trip to the Williamsburg area sometime, I recommend you make room in your itinerary for a day or two in Smithfield.


  1. Picturesque indeed, Karen! Sounds like you had a great day out and about! Hugs.

  2. This looks like a good place for a day trip.
    Have a nice day.


  3. Ah, you captured one of my favorite places. I go often to Smithfield. My husband (when he was living) was at an assisted living home there so it was an almost daily jaunt. I love the shops, the eateries, the feel of this historic little town. Like you said, if you are in the area you ought to check it out.

  4. That looks like a lovely place to visit!!


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