Attractions in Smithfield, NC
Amongst the other various things to do, Smithfield features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Smithfield and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
While one expects a variety of fine arts in large cities, comparatively small Johnston County communities offer some exceptional collections, from art classes in small venues to diverse, large art collections to a glamorous museum dedicated to a Golden Age Hollywood star. The Louis Orr Collection
The Heritage CenterAt the Heritage Center in Smithfield, the county seat, patrons can access a wide range of historical government records and books written about local history and culture. Exhibits stretch from Colonial times through recent history.The Ava Gardner Museum
Patrons of the arts and history buffs will be pleased in Johnston County, which has several sites to explore and appreciate local heritage, Civil War history, music, visual arts and theater. Visual Arts
The bright lights of Broadway are only a hop‚ skip and a jump away for Smithfield, NC and Johnston County residents‚ thanks to two local community theaters committed to keeping theater alive. Established as an offshoot of the Benson Foundation for the Arts in 1999‚ Benson Little Theatre is housed in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium of the Benson Municipal Building. BLT produces two shows each year and draws audiences from about a 35-mile radius.
Although it’s a very forward-looking place, Johnston County also treasures its past, displaying and honoring traditions and history so rich that visitors come from around the world to experience them. Battle of Bentonville Site Recalls Civil War Era