Isle of Wight

Known for historical and archaeological nature

Isle of Wight County is a county located in the Hampton Roads region of the U.S. state of Virginia. It was named after the British Isle of Wight, south of the Solent, from where many of its early colonists had come. Isle of Wight County is located in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its northeastern boundary is on the coast of Hampton Roads waterway.

Isle of Wight County features two incorporated towns, Smithfield and Windsor. The first courthouse for the county was built in Smithfield in 1750. The original courthouse and its associated tavern (The Smithfield Inn) are still standing.

As the county population developed, leaders thought they needed a county seat near the center of the area. They built a new courthouse near the center of the county in 1800. The 1800 brick courthouse and its associated tavern (Boykin’s Tavern) are still standing, as are the 1822 clerk’s offices nearby. Some additions have been made. The 1800 courthouse is used daily, serving as the government chambers for the Board of Supervisors, as well as the meeting hall for the School Board. The chambers are sometimes used as a court for civil trials if the new courthouse is fully in use. The new courthouse opened in 2010; it is across the street from the sheriff’s office and county offices complex.


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4 Carrsville Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
4 Windsor Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
3 Hardy Elementary School Preschool - 4th Grade Public
3 Westside Elementary School 4th Grade - 6th Grade Public
N/A Carrollton Elementary School Kindergarten - 3Rd Grade Public
3 Georgie D Tyler Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
4 Smithfield Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
3 Smithfield High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
3 Windsor High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Isle Of Wight Academy Preschool - 12th Grade Private/Charter
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