Grand Opening Celebration

Sunday, March 6th, was a red letter day for the Historical Society. We celebrated along with over 200 people the completion of the restoration of the Historic Henry County Courthouse. Recognition was given to all those who were involved with the project. That included Henry County staff, the contractors and volunteers who made the restoration possible in addition...
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Courthouse Restoration Completed

Our dream for 14 years has finally come true. The Historic Henry County Courthouse has been fully restored and repurposed for the community. The courthouse is now the home of the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society. A majority of the building is now the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum. We are preparing exhibits in preparation for a grand opening.  ...
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Historic Henry County Courthouse

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...
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November Message

November – This is an exciting month. The county will be taking bids on the first of the Stabilization of the Courthouse project. These bids will be for installing heat and air-conditioning systems. The engineer has designed three units to be installed – one for the left 1st floor wing, a second one for the rest of the...
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NCI Lecture Series

November 4, 2009 – Noon Lecture will be held at 30 Franklin Street. The program will be on “Old Drug Stores in Martinsville” presented by Desmond Kendrick.  Open to the public, come enjoy.

History Day-Collinsville Library

Come on down on November 15, 2009 at 2:30PM and enjoy the afternoon listing to interesting local and historical stories, told by our local experts. View artifacts and collectables brought in by local collectors and if you would like, bring a story or collectible that you would like to share. The Blue Ridge Library sponsors this event and...
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Defining, Dating and Documenting Early Log Structures

At the Distance Learning Classroom, Virginia Museum of Natural History, 21 Starling Ave, Martinsville Free to the public. Sponsored by the Patrick Henry Chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia Presented by Mike Pulice, Virginia Department of Historic Resources The presentation will focus on discerning the various types of log houses and touch on other...
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The Doctors Shackelford and the Shackelford Hospital

Dr. Jesse Martins Shackelford, MD, was born on December 7, 1869, and reared in Irisburg, Virginia, the son of William George and Pattie Martin Shackelford, a direct descendent of General Joseph Martin. He was educated in the public schools of his community and then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg, later preparing for the practice...
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Historic Henry County Courthouse Rehabilitation-10/8/09 Update

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society (MHCHS) is expecting final approval of the courthouse phase one-rehabilitation plan from the State and Federal Government within the next few weeks.  Once approved, the work for the HVAC can be released for a RFP (Request For Proposal), and after 20 days, bids will be accepted and a contractor selected. ...
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