One of the oldest homes in Smithfield, the Hastings House (ca. 1839) was built for William Hastings and is now located along the Neuse River Walk and Town Commons Park. This well-reserved Greek Revival house served as the pre-battle command office for General Joseph E. Johnston, Commander of the Confederate troops that marched to stop General Sherman at the Battle of Bentonville, March 19-21, 1865. Ironically, General Sherman would also occupy the house following the battle.
Today, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation preserves the building and the house is the central location for the annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival held the first weekend in May each year. The Hastings House is a stop along the Carolina Campaigns Civil War Trail, as well as, the Historic Smithfield Walking Tour. The house is open for tours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, or please call to schedule a tour.