Nestled between the serenity of the Neuse River and the vitality of Interstate 95, Downtown Smithfield is the economic, cultural, and social center of our community. The center of government, enhanced by thriving, independently owned businesses, Downtown Smithfield is a great American Main Street. On our "Main Street," you'll find a first-class museum that honors the life and legacy of Ava Gardner, the Smithfield native turned Hollywood starlet. A block away, the Johnston County Heritage Center celebrates our local history with well-curated exhibits and a collection of historical records for researchers. The Neuse Little Theatre produces plays throughout the year in "The Hut," a log cabin built as an American Legion building on the banks of the Neuse River in the 1930s by the WPA. Built in 1935, the Howell Theatre continues to attract moviegoers seven days a week with $4 tickets. The Buffalo Creek Greenway runs adjacent to the river, connecting our vibrant downtown with three wonderful parks, two historic neighborhoods, and three schools. With fourteen restaurants, Downtown Smithfield is the center of independently-owned dining, with a variety of cuisines and great food. We are also very fortunate to be home to a number of very successful destination retailers: a formal dress shop that attracts customers from states away, a jewelry store that's received national recognition, a furniture store in operation for more than 130 years, a car audio and accessories business in the midst of a $3 million expansion, a gift shop filled with items sourced from local makers, and many more wonderful retailers. In the 1980s, Downtown Smithfield was an area in distress. Thanks to the work of many people over the last few decades, today it is the thriving center of our town. Come visit us to see why there's so much to celebrate!