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Town of SmithfieldTen months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Town of Smithfield officially was chartered. However, the origins of the community date back to 1759 when John Smith, one of the area’s earliest settlers, petitioned to operate a ferry where the Neuse River cut through land he owned. The site became known as Smith’s Ferry.

In 1762, Smith’s son, John Smith, Jr., purchased 228 acres of his father’s tract, including the ferry. The younger Smith was 26 years old. In 1771, Smith and his wife took up residency on the land, building a home on a rise overlooking the river and the ferry. The home became a public house, providing overnight accommodations for travelers.

In that year, construction began on Johnston County’s third courthouse not far from Smith’s residence and soon the name Smith’s Ferry was replaced by Johnston County Courthouse. The Town of Smithfield came into being with the inaugural session of the General Assembly of the newly proclaimed State of North Carolina in 1777. Smith had agreed to provide 100 acres for the town and an additional 50 acres for a “commons” along the Neuse River south and west of his riverside home. Today, the tree-shaded Commons is still preserved as a public park and is part of the Mountains to Sea Trail with a 3-mile greenway.

Growth did not come quickly for Smithfield. Its population remained around 500 until long after the Civil War. Although considered, it did not become the State Capital, so businesses that might have opened in the town went instead to Raleigh. Railroad builders of the mid-19th century bypassed the community, further impeding growth.

Smithfield's destiny seems to be increased urbanization, although agriculture will continue to be a basic means of economic livelihood. With two interstate highways and its proximity to the Research Triangle area, Smithfield is poised for quality economic growth well into the twenty-first century.

 

For Town of Smithfield information contact:

Michael Scott, City Manager
City of Smithfield
350 E. Market St.
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-2116
www.smithfield-nc.com

If you love early springs; warm, long summers; crisp, cool falls and mild winters, you'll love the weather in the Smithfield-Selma area.

While far enough north to have four distinct seasons, the Smithfield-Selma area is located in the nation's sun belt, which is very conducive for year-round outdoor activities. The average July temperature is 79.8 degrees with average highs reaching the upper 80's. January's average temperature is 44.2 degrees. Average highs in winter usually reach into the mid-50's.

The area averages about 4 inches of snowfall a year, and annual rainfall is about 48 inches.

 

Temperatures:

Month

High

Low

Average

January

55.26

33.26

44.26

February

54.43

33.11

43.27

March

58.58

34.00

46.29

April

72.23

48.40

60.32

May

77.90

55.68

66.79

June

83.40

64.10

73.75

July

89.42

70.19

79.81

August

90.66

68.40

79.53

September

80.27

59.07

69.67

October

69.26

48.00

58.63

November

67.53

42.20

54.87

December

54.26

31.94

43.10

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Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

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