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Welcome to the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society Web Site!

Your connection to the past and the building blocks of our community’s future…

You’re invited…

To share the fascinating story of Martinsville and Henry County’s past; to help preserve our rich historical resources and become a part of a community of history lovers that is the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society.

The Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that was formed in 1996 for the primary purpose of preserving and protecting the rich heritage and history of Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia.

The society is the common thread that binds Martinsville and Henry County’s past, present, and future.  Now in its 17th year, the Society has more than 160 members.

President's Corner
The Torch is Passed
We had a great annual meeting on May 22. This time our annual meeting was held in our wonderfully restored courtroom. The audience enjoyed an entertaining and informative program given by Terry Mitchell on being a teenager in Martinsville in the ‘50s. It brought back memories to some of the audience. 
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Opening Ceremony Video
Video of presentation

"On The Shoulders of Giants" Exhibition Preview and Reception

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society celebrates the area’s Industrial Heritage with a new exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco.” The exhibit honors the contributions made to our community by area manufacturers and the skilled craftsmen they employed as well as the ingenuity, resilience and fortitude they all possessed. Among the industries on display are Bassett Furniture Industries, Bassett Mirror Company, Hooker Furniture Company, Stanley Furniture Company, American Furniture Company and Gravely Furniture Company, Martin Processing, DuPont, Pannill Knitting, Sale Knitting, Bassett-Walker Knitting, and Fieldcrest Mills. Please stop by and take a walk through our heritage.

Hours of Operation
Martinsville-Henry County
Heritage Center and Museum
1 East Main Street
Martinsville, VA
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 11 am to 2 pm
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
In the event of inclement weather,
the Heritage Center & Museum
may be closed.
Please call before visiting.
Admission is free.
For more information,
please call
Upcoming Events

We Need Your Help

Now more than ever the Martinsville - Henry County Historical Society needs your help in raising critical operating funds needed to support the vision our community leaders are developing to merge our area traditions with new and exciting economic and tourism opportunities.  Join us in being the common thread that binds Martinsville and Henry County's past, present, and future by providing financial support today.  Your donation will enable good work to continue while also allowing the Society to prepare for future needs in a time of uncertainty.

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