Agritourism in Johnston County attracts thousands of visitors each year for festivals, attractions and farm tours.
Agriculture in Johnston County defines our heritage and continues to be a way of life for many families. For over 200 years, local farm families have been living off the land, producing cash crops, harvesting turpentine, cotton and tobacco. In just the past ten years, local farmers have discovered the educational and entertainment value of their farms. From corn mazes, on farm tours, farmer's markets, haunted houses and Christmas hayrides, visitors are exploring the beauty of our lands and learning about farm life.
In 1983, the community leaders of Kenly along I-95 thought travelers along the interstate would enjoy a diversion to see how farmers made a living. And they were right! They offered van tours to area farms and hard-working farmers took some time from their day and explained how crops were rotated, what equipment they used and the history of their family farm. From this experiment, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum opened in 1986, before the phrase agri-tourism was coined. Today, visitors will enjoy a 6,000 square foot exhibit hall and a restored farmstead which includes sleeping quarters, detached kitchen, tobacco barn, pack house and blacksmith shed.
For on-farm experiences, the Lazy O Farm near Smithfield is open for groups year round with special educational programs, hayrides, mazes, and farm animals for little ones to enjoy. Smith's Nursery and Strawberry Farm is open year round and has several pick-your-own seasons including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and pumpkins. Boyette Family Farms is a working wheat farm until harvest time in September, and then it transforms into the Clayton Fear Farm until the end of October, and for the holiday season, they offer hayrides for enjoying Christmas Lights on the Neuse River.
These are just a few of the Agritourism Venues available in the county and we hope you experience them and get to know the heritage of our county!
Locally Produced Foods & Spirits
We invite you to enjoy a variety of locally produced food products you can buy during your visit or online and have them shipped.
Atkinson's Milling Company is located north of Selma on Hwy 39/42 and has been in operation for over 250 years. The cornmeal is stone-qround and is noted for its quality. Over 25 products are available for sale online or at the office. Call for more information or to tour the mill, Monday-Friday, 8-5pm.
95 Atkinson Mill Rd., Selma, NC 27576
Hinnant Vineyards and Winery is one of three wineries in the county producing award winning wines. Enjoy a wine tasting at this largest muscadine vineyard in the state with over 75 sprawling acres.
Hinnants Vineyards sits atop picturesque hills and offers 19 different award-winning wines for sale in the gift shop or online. You will also find for sale non-alcoholic grape juices, homemade jellies, jams, and many wine-related gifts and novelties.· For wine tastings, special events or to book your wedding among the vines, call directly.
826 Pine Level-Micro Rd., Pine Level, NC
Johnston County Hams has been producing award-winning cured county hams for over 60 years. Today, they offer a variety of cured pork products including spiral hams, bacon, prosciutto and sausage. The Smithfield's Gift Shop offers additional products from around NC and Johnston County. Visitors will see the last process of curing hams, the drying room window right from the gift shop.
204 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC 27577
Broadslab Distillery is now open giving tours and tastings -- of the "dirt to bottle" process of making moonshine. The recipe has been handed down for five generations, and today, Jeremy Norris, has brought modern technology to the process producing quality "drinking shine". The tasting room is open Thursday-Saturday, 12-5pm, with tours $12.00 which includes the tasting and a shot glass.
4834 NC Hwy. 50 South, Benson, NC 27504