Our establishment derives its name from the extraordinary life odyssey of the 18th century, native-born enslaved African, Venture Smith. At only 10 years old, he was captured and sold for 4 gallons of rum and a piece of calico cloth. 

Later in life, through hard work and thrift, Smith purchased not only his own freedom, but that of his family, and went on to become a successful landowner and entrepreneur. Solomon and Kuff were Smith’s sons.