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At the eastern continental divide, a leader of westward expansion and Revolutionary War patriot William Preston established Smithfield as his home. In a land of log cabins and physical hardship, Smithfield provided a haven of aristocratic elegance and became the social and political center of the county. Travel back to the 18th century. Experience how life was lived in the home of a colonial leader with the guidance of a costumed interpreter who knows the culture as well as the artifacts. Smithfield is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is a Preservation Virginia property. Additionally, Smithfield is a member of the The New River Heritage Coalition.