Historic Smithville and Village Green is a restored village of Inns, restaurants and shops from American Revolutionary times. It is located on Route 9, about 15 miles north of Atlantic City.
The Smithville Inn started with a single room along a stagecoach trail in 1787. It has been restored and is now a highly rated restaurant.
There are more than 60 shops and eateries which line cobblestone paths and a boardwalk that wanders through gardens and around ponds.
They have a miniature train on which visitors can ride around the village.
Accommodations can be had at the Colonial Inn shown above.
Phone : 609-748-8999.
Historic Smithville is located along route 9, about 15 miles northwest of Atlantic City. Phone: 609-652-7777
During the Revolutionary War, around 1777-1778, privateers operating out of landings along the lower Mullica River would go out of Great Bay and attack and capture British ships operating along the coast. They would tow captured ships and their cargos back through the Bay. Some of the captured ships were docked at Chestnut Neck and much of the captured good stored in houses and wharehouses at Chestnut Neck and near what is now Smithville.
The British eventually sent 3 large and 4 smaller warships into the Great Bay to stop the privateers that they considered pirates. They attacked the docks at Chestnut Neck, and set fires to the ships docked there and also burned down most of the wharehouses.
The attack had limited results, and the British gave up on going further up the unfamiliar waters of the Mullica after two of their warships got hung up on sand bars. The British Captain, Henry Collins, had to abandon his flagship, Zebra, and set it a on fire.