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Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

Economic Development

About Us

Nestled between the serenity of the Neuse River and the vitality of Highway 301/Brightleaf Blvd., Historic Downtown Smithfield is the center of Johnston County government. Established in 1777, Smithfield's long and rich history is displayed throughout its beautiful downtown. Check out our unique boutiques, clothing and gift stores, coffee shops and fun activities. Enjoy a meal at any of our great restaurants that include Indian cuisine, Mexican food, Pizza, New York subs, BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, chicken and good old fashioned souther cooking! Make it a date and take in a movie at the gorgeous art-deco styled 1935 Howell Theater and enjoy a libation at the Little Brown Jug, known to have the coldest beer in town! Bring the whole family and enjoy story time at our public library or learn about our history through our heritage center and museums. Downtown Smithfield is home to the annual Ham & Yam festival and many other fun and exciting events throughout the year. A destination for the arts, history, shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation, Downtown Smithfield is the heartbeat of the community.



Historic Hastings House, DSDC Office
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Rep/Contact Info

Heidi Gilmond
Executive Director