Sparkle in a Small Virginia Town

November 9, 2009

With movie-set charm and world-famous ham, Smithfield, Virginia, makes the perfect place to spend the holidays.
Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Residents here hang pigs on their Christmas trees. If you don’t believe me, ask Jim Abicht, owner of The Christmas Store on Main Street in Smithfield, Virginia.

“In a town that calls itself the Ham Capital of the World, it’s one of the necessities of doing business,” he admits sheepishly.

Hamming It Up
This town has long been famous for Smithfield ham, that salt-cured, ruby-hued delicacy that defines the flavor of Virginia. Smithfield hugs the banks of the Pagan River, a marsh-fringed tributary of the mighty James. Though just 30 miles west of Norfolk, Smithfield seems a world away from the region’s bigger cities.

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