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Conservation of native and commercial plant species through displays and educational environment, on US 70 one mile west of I-95.

The mission of the Arboretum at Johnston Community College is to promote prudent and responsible use of cultivated plants and to promote the conservation of native species through the acquisition, evaluation and aesthetic display of selected plant materials in an educational environment for students, visitors, the green industry, and local citizens.

Please enjoy your visit to our site. Come back and visit us often.

Open 7 days a week, Daylight hours

1240 E. Market St.
Smithfield, NC 27577



The museum offer over 6,400 square feet of new exhibits, from Ava’s humble beginnings in eastern Johnston County to Hollywood costumes and personal belongings from her life and career that included over 59 feature films. Visitors to the museum enjoy a 15-minute introductory video, library, exhibits, and gift shop with unique items for purchase.

Ava Gardner Museum
325 E. Market St.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Todd Johnson, 919-934-5830



Carolina Premium Outlets, located in Smithfield (I-95, exit 95), offers over 80 factory-direct retail stores with 25-65% savings every day. Shop at Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Carolina Pottery, Coach and many more. Outlet coupon books offering additional savings are provided for group tours.

Regular Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am- 9pm, Sunday 11am- 7pm

Carolina Premium Outlets
1025 Outlet Center Dr, Suite 905
Smithfield, NC 27577

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Getting Here by Car:

Carolina Premium Outlets is located at exit 95 off I-95 in Smithfield, NC. Just 35 minutes southeast of Raleigh, NC, 30 minutes west of Goldsboro, NC (off US Hwy., 70), 35 minutes south of Wilson, NC and 45 minutes North of Fayetteville, NC (off I-95).

From Raleigh: Interstate 40 East to Exit 309 (Hwy 70). Take Exit 334, right at the 2nd light.

From Fayetteville: Interstate 95, exit 95 in Smithfield. Left over bridge, right at the light.

From Wilson: Interstate 95, exit 95 in Smithfield. Right at the light.

Frank Creech Art GalleryThe campus where Frank Creech spent some two decades teaching painting, drawing, sculpture and photography is now home to an art gallery in his memory. In December 2010, the Frank Creech Art Gallery debuted in the Arts Building at Johnston Community College in Smithfield. The opening marked the culmination of a community effort to recognize the late artist's contributions to arts programs at the college, in Johnston County and beyond.

The 1,500-square-foot gallery was a collaborative project among the JCC Foundation, the Johnston County Arts Council and faculty in the college's Department of Fine Arts and Graphic Design.

The gallery contains state-of-the-art exhibition space and a 750-foot reception area that will be used for the public sale of art. The gallery interior is equipped with museum-quality lighting, climate-control, hanging and security systems. Its gray, hand-finished concrete floors, contemporary white walls and distinct crown molding are designed to balance a modern feel with traditional Southern architecture.

245 College Rd.
PO Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577

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Built in 1854 for William Hastings, his home served as pre-battle command office for General Joseph E. Johnston, Commander of the Confederate troops to stop General Sherman at the Battle of Bentonville, March 19-21, 1865.

Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation
200 S. Front St.
Smithfield, NC 27577



The Johnston County Heritage Center has become known as one of the best equipped facilities in the country for studying local history and genealogy. An extensive collection of public records, manuscripts, family histories, photographs, vintage newspapers, and artifacts have been assembled for scholars, amateur historians, genealogists and students. Students groups will especially enjoy the history tour of the rotating exhibits in the museum on the first floor, followed by a walking tour of Historic Smithfield. Groups and tours require advanced reservations.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am- 5pm
Free admission, Parking on the Street

241 E. Market St.
PO Box 2709
Smithfield, NC 27577
919 934-2836



Enjoy farm animals, hayrides, picnic areas and seasonal activities that include a maze & pumpkin patch, egg hunts, ice cream and butter making, and fossil and gemstone mining.

Fridays in June & July and Saturdays in October are open to the public. Other days are available by appointment only and for groups of 10 or more.

Please call for hours, prices and directions.

3583 Packing Plant Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577



Neuse Little Theatre

Neuse Little Theatre has been a vital part of the cultural heritage in Smithfield since 1974, bringing such shows as Wizard of Oz, Grease,  and Cinderella to Smithfield.  This community theatre producing four plays each year - check their website for upcoming show dates and times.

neuse little theater

209 S. Front St.
PO Box 1832
Smithfield, NC 27577

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Enjoy the Performing Arts Concert series, Johnston County Chorale and the Country Music Showcase throughout the year.

Paul A. Johnston Auditorium presents a rich array of culturally diverse performing arts programming for Johnston County and the eastern central North Carolina corridor in order to educate, enlighten, enrich and entertain citizens and patrons of all ages.

Call for dates  and ticket availability.

245 College Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577

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For over 60 years and across two generations of renowned curemasters, we at Johnston County Hams in Smithfield, North Carolina have hand crafted "cured" country hams inspired by the techniques used by America's early colonists. Come view 1000’s of hams curing from our Ham Shop. Taste why Men’s Journal acclaimed Johnston County Hams among "The 100 Best Things to Eat in America."

Open: Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm

204 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577



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235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829


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