From the site's pre-colonial existence to the present day, Windsor Castle tells the fascinating history of the development of Smithfield.
Portions of Windsor Castle and its former plantation are now part of a 208-acre public park overlooking the Pagan River in the town of Smithfield.
Originally, this area was occupied by the Warraskoyack Indians. There is archaeological evidence of activity in front of the house close to the river.
On Sept. 10, 1637, Arthur Smith patented 1,450 acres of land in Isle of Wight County, formerly known as Warraskoyack Shire. The property was described as “a neck of land running S.E. along a creek behind Pagan Shore.”
Arthur Smith I was the third son of Arthur Smith of Blackmore, Essex, England. His date of arrival to Virginia is unknown, but he did represent the district at the House of Burgesses from 1644 to 1645. He had five children: Thomas, Arthur, Richard, Jane and George. Smith died in 1645 and asked to be “buried in the garden by my late and beloved wife.”
The site remained with Smith Family until 1838 when it was sold to Watson P. Jordan. Historians feel that the full English basement in the house was a small school was set up for the Jordan children and other local students. Upon his death, he left the house to his youngest son, M. Filmore Jordan, who sold it in 1884 to Jeremiah Johnson. It was this deed which first references the site as “Windsor Castle.”
Join us for this free walking tour through history. Meet on the grounds near the manor house, 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield.