Early Education and Schools in Henry County

Early Education and Schools in Henry County by Virginia King, Martinsville   Free public education was not available in colonial days.  Wealthy planters in Colonial Virginia either hired a tutor, sent them to a private school or sent them to England or Scotland for their education.  Prior to the establishment of public schools, privately-operated community...
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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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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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The Olden Days and More

I would live from week to week with the expectation of going to town on Saturday. After I was 11 or 12 years old I would drive the cattle truck to Martinsville with a full cab and with neighbor children – from two to six in number – riding in the truck bed while standing...
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John Armstrong Shackelford, MD 1893-1956

Born 1893 Died 1956 John Armstrong Shackelford, MD, was born in Irisburg, Virginia, 1893, and attended school in Martinsville. He attended Hampden-Sydney College where he was President of his class and captain of the football team.  He then entered Johns Hopkins University and received his Doctor of Medicine degree after a two-year internship at Johns...
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