Living in the Isle of Wight, VA

The Isle of Wight, a county located in the southeastern part of Virginia, consists of two communities: Smithfield and Windsor. The towns got their start in the 1700s, so the area is rich in history and charm. Residents enjoy a laid back and friendly atmosphere in the county, which is primarily residential.

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River-Front Living and Small-Town Charm

The James River borders the Isle of Wight, Virginia, and lakes, streams and a few bays provide additional waterfront opportunities. If you enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing and river-side relaxing, this area has a lot to offer. For example, the Fort Boykin Historic Park and Windsor Castle Park have beaches, kayaking and hiking trails, and most of the Isle of Wight is covered in scenic hills, farms, parks and other greenspaces. You have an excellent opportunity to get in touch with nature if you're living in Isle of Wight, Virginia's, natural beauty.

The small towns in the Isle of Wight feature many historic buildings, from the courthouse of the 1750s to Windsor Castle, which was built in the 1600s. Locally owned businesses line the main street in these small communities, and they include cafes, art galleries, restaurants and unique boutiques. Smithfield's food scene revolves around ham and other pork products because of the famous pigs raised in the area for Smithfield Hams. The food and wine events held throughout the year also reflect this local Southern cuisine focus.

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Housing in the Isle of Wight, VA

You'll find a broad range of Isle of Wight real estate to choose from as you browse through the listings, including waterfront properties, large antebellum-style estates, split-level Cape Cods and historic foursquare homes. If you don't want a detached house when you're searching for homes for sale in the Isle of Wight, condos and townhomes are typically found along the waterfront areas, although some planned communities also have availability.


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  • Fishing, kayaking, hiking and picnicking at the over 200-acre Windsor Castle Park and learning about the local area’s history and enjoying the outdoors at Fort Boykin Historic Park.
  • Exploring the county’s small towns, where many locally owned shops and restaurants attract both locals and tourists alike.
  • Touring historic Smithfield, a town that’s over 260 years old, is known for its Smithfield Hams and offers plenty of historic attractions (many of which you can see on the Genuine Smithfield Walking Tour ).

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