Rodman and the Courthouse Cannons

Rodman and the Courthouse Cannons By Johnny E. Nolen                In the year 1841, Thomas Jackson Rodman graduated from West Point Military Academy; number 7 in his class of 52. His first assignment from West Point was ordinance Corps officer at the U.S. Army Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburg, PA. In 1844 he began working on...
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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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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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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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Dr. Jesse Martin Shackelford, MD 1869-1941

Born December 7, 1869 Died October 2, 1941 Dr. Shackelford was born 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...
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