Experience Southern Charm in Smithfield, NC

As the county seat of Johnston County, Smithfield perfectly blends the charm of a small Southern town with the convenience of a larger community. Here, you'll encounter both tight-knit neighborhoods and a bustling downtown, in addition to shops, restaurants, and tons of unique attractions. Whether you're taking a stroll along the greenway, exploring Market Street, or just relaxing on your front porch, you'll surely fall in love with everything Smithfield has to offer. 

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Spotlights of Smithfield

The Ava Gardner Museum

Did you know that one of Old Hollywood's most famous actresses has roots in Smithfield? Ava Gardner, former wife of Frank Sinatra and star of films like Show Boat, was born and raised near Smithfield. Today, visitors can learn more about her life at the Ava Garner Museum, which features a collection of memorabilia and artifacts related to the star. 

Downtown Smithfield

If you really want to see what makes Smithfield so unique, head to East Market Street to experience the town's best shops, restaurants, and local events. This is where you'll find gems like Simple Twist, a restaurant that focuses on seasonal cuisine, and the Southern Bostonian, a charming antique store. Downtown Smithfield also hosts the Smithfield Ham and Yam Festival every May.

The Howell Theatre

After opening in 1935, The Howell became an entertainment staple for residents all across Smithfield and Johnston County. This four-screen theatre offers all of the latest flicks, as well as a few classic favorites for kids and adults alike. Today, it remains a top destination for anyone looking to spend an afternoon at the movies.

Smithfield Attractions

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Shopping & dining

One of Johnston County's most popular retail destinations—the Carolina Premeium Outlets—is located right in the heart of Smithfield. Here, you'll find dozens of designer stores (Like Kate Spade and Michael Kors) that offer hefty discounts to shoppers. On the hunt for the perfect bite? We recommend heading to SoDoSoPa, San Marcos, or Crickets Grill to experience the area's best cuisine.

Outdoor recreation

Ready to breathe in some fresh air and explore the great outdoors? Whether your idea of fun involves walking trails, a golf club, or time spent with your four-legged friend, you'll always find something to do outside when you live in Smithfield. The Smithfield Community Park boasts a trail along the Neuse, multiple playgrounds, and a brand-new recreation center. Other favorites include the Smithfield Dog Park, the Country Club of Johnston County, and the Arboretum at JCC.

Public schools

Students living in Smithfield are served by Johnston County Schools, which operates two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and various charter, specialty, and early college programs throughout town. The district has earned high marks for its academics and college prep—it also boasts a graduation rate of 92%.

Build a New Home in Smithfield

If you're thinking about building or buying a new construction home in the Smithfield area, we'd love to show you a few of our communities. Get in touch with Weaver Homes Inc. to turn your real estate dreams into a reality—we look forward to helping you put down roots in Johnston County!