Introduction to Smithfield, North Carolina
Smithfield, North Carolina is 24 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina.It is in Johnston county. The town is part of the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area. The population of Smithfield is 11,510.
Smithfield was officially incorporated in 1777. It was founded by John Smith, a native of Virginia. The town was also named after its founder. However, the area was originally known as Smith’s Ferry. It became the county seat of Johnston County in 1771. Smithfield is the hometown of Ava Gardner, the Academy Award-nominated American actress who is also known as one of the greatest stars of the American Film Institute.
Smithfield and nearby Attractions
- Ava Gardner Museum
- Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
- North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
- Marbles Kids Museum
- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
- William B. Umstead State Park
Things To Do In Smithfield
While in Smithfield you can visit the Ava Gardner Museum, which has a great collection of personal belongings of Ava Lavinia Gardner, a legendary American actress. One can also visit the Johnston County Heritage Center. The Country Club of Johnston County is an ideal destination for golf lovers. You can also visit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, and Clemmons State Educational Forest. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Rose Manor Shopping Center and Sky City Shopping Center.
Flights can be availed from Seymour Johnson AFB.
Smithfield Higher Education
Johnston Community College is the local college. Wake Technical Community College, Fayetteville State University, Shaw University, and many other colleges and universities also offer higher education facilities.