Ava Gardner Heritage Trail

The Teacherage, Ava Gardner's childhood home in Johnston County, NC.Beyond the walls of the Ava Gardner Museum visitors can drive along sites in the Smithfield area that pertain to Ava's childhood....see where she was born, where she grew up, attended dances, and key landmarks associated with her family here. Some sites are privately owned so we ask that you drive by only. The most visited site on the heritage trail is the grave site at Sunset Memorial Gardens, which is approximately 1 mile west of Downtown Smithfield on HWY 210. 

We recommend your first stop on the Ava Gardner trail be the museum to talk to the docents, get additional information and enjoy Downtown Smithfield -- shop, get a bite to eat, and more!

Welcome to Ava's hometown!


Upcoming Events in Smithfield

Why not plan your visit to the Ava Gardner Museum and exploring the trail around some upcoming events in the area -- there is often something fun happening in town. Don't miss the fun in Smithfield!

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