S. Wallace Edwards
story of S. Wallace Edwards and Sons begins on a ferry
boat, the Captain John Smith. It was a passenger vessel
travelers used to cross the James River between Surry
and Williamsburg, Virginia.
In the early 1920's its captain, S. Wallace Edwards Sr.,
began selling ham sandwiches to his hungry passengers
during his daily voyage. By using dry-curing methods taught
by his mother on the family farm, the country ham sandwiches
were filled with a rich, signature southern flavor.
As popularity for these hams grew, Edwards decided to
take the ham business full-time. In 1926, he started S.
Wallace Edwards and Sons; a company dedicated to creating
authentic dry-cured, hickory-smoked Virginia Country Hams,
Bacon and Sausage.
Since then, his son, the late Wallace Edwards, Jr., his
grandson, current president Sam Edwards III, and a team
of dedicated specialty food professionals have made it
their passion to establish a true Virginia tradition.
A tradition to create hand-crafted artisanal meats that
have been the centerpiece of family meals and restaurants
for almost 90 years.