The restoration of the Historic Henry County Courthouse is now complete thanks to a Save America’s Treasures grant, a Harvest Foundation grant, the County of Henry, cooperative subcontractors and dedicated volunteers. A project that was estimated to cost over 1 million dollars was accomplished for less than $200,000. The courthouse now houses the Information Center for the New College Institute and the Heritage Center & Museum.
The courthouse is now owned by the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society thanks to the County of Henry who gave the courthouse to the society July 1, 2010. The society has for the first time a permanent office. Exhibits are in place for visitors to enjoy. A permanent time-line exhibit is planned for one area. The Virginia Museum of Natural History donated large display cases that had been in storage. They are in the Collector’s Gallery full of wonderful antique toys from Dr. Mervyn King’s collection and three doll houses that are part of the society’s collection.
The courtroom is ready for guests to enjoy music, plays, movies, meetings and even weddings. The exhibit areas on the first floor are available in the evenings for rental purposes. It is a perfect place for catered dinners, receptions, meetings or classes. Please contact our Executive Director, Debbie Hall at 276-403-5361 for more information.