Mansion on Main B & B
36 Main St.
Smithfield, VA  23430
Church St. corner 
Routes 10 & 258

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Scheduled Guided Tours

Tours are available by appointment. Call or email to arrange a time.

Please provide as much advance notice as possible.

There is a $1 per person donation request for groups of 15 or more.

Visit the 1889 "Mansion on Main," home of Smithfield's Victorian era historian, R. S. (Richard Samuel) Thomas, deemed the "Virginian of Virginians" in the Virginia Historical Society's journal upon his death.

This architectural showplace stands proudly on the corner of at the top of "Wharf Hill" (first called "Todd Hill"), the original colonial roads: Main and Church Streets.

Locals referred to the home as the "Mansion on Main" while it was being built at the top of Wharf Hill near the commercial area. It was the "biggest house on the block" before 1900.

The Mansion was "ahead of its time": It changed the landscape, the face of downtown from modest Victorian cottage and federal style homes an urban "trend-setting" masterpiece with Queen Anne and Art Nouveau influences. The mansion is appointed with museum-quality antiques and Victorian to Edwardian era period furnishings.