Sunday, July 25, 2021

Edwards Virginia Smokehouse To Close After 95 Years

After 95 years in business, Edwards Virginia Smokehouse announced on July 6 that the company has been sold.

Sam Edwards III made the announcement on social media. Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, which specializes in handcrafted country hams, bacon, and sausages, was sold to Burgers’ Smokehouse, which is based out of Missouri.

Burgers’ Smokehouse has been instrumental in helping Edwards Virginia Smokehouse recover from a devastating fire in 2016 that destroyed the main plant on Rolfe Highway in Surry.  Edwards also has a ham shop in Williamsburg.

“The Burger family was there for us, and we are confident they will continue to provide our customers with the same high-quality products and customer service they expect from Edwards,” Edwards said.

Edwards Virginia Smokehouse is a fourth-generation family-run business that first opened in 1926, though the family had been curing ham on their family farm long before that. Emma Edwards first taught her nine children how to salt, smoke, and age country hams in the late 1800s. Her son S. Wallace Edwards Sr. later started Edwards Virginia Smokehouse. His grandson, Sam Edwards III, and other members of the family currently operate the business.

Sam Edwards III stated that while his stores will be closing, products will still be available online at as well as in restaurants and specialty stores across the country.

“From our family to yours, we hope you continue to enjoy the tradition of an Edwards holiday ham, and we thank you all so much for your support,” he said.

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