Colonel William Preston, and his wife, Susanna Smith Preston came to the edge of the frontier in 1774 and settled what is today known as Smithfield, named in honor of the beloved family matriarch. The house, built in the tidewater plantation style, reflects the elegance of an aristocratic lifestyle, but tells a deeper story of life on the frontier. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the fully restored house with period furnishings to tell the story of this colonial family. Along with the house, a demonstration garden & heirloom orchard show the life-ways of the Preston family, the African American slaves and indentured servants that all helped to provide a sophisticated lifestyle on the edge of the frontier. Special events featuring re-enactors and activities are held throughout the season and a unique Museum Gift Shop is located in the basement of the manor house. The elegant grounds, adjacent to the house are available to rent for special occasions.