Join us Saturday, February 1st at 3 pm at the Heritage Center and Museum for our annual Founders Day event. This year we are honoring our furniture industry heritage focusing, not only on the leaders but the many workers who made this area the furniture capital of the world.
National Highway and Glidden Tours The National Highway was created as part of the Glidden Tours. The Glidden Tours began in 1904 as a way to give people along the tour their first glimpse of a horseless carriage and to prove that it was a dependable, long-distance vehicle. Each Glidden Tour went through different parts... Read More
Martinsville-Henry County War Memorial Monument Historic Henry County Courthouse On January 28, 1985, the Henry County Board of Supervisors held a meeting to permit the erecting of a War Memorial at the Henry County Courthouse in honor of the veterans of the Martinsville-Henry County, VA area who had lost their lives in all the wars. ... Read More
I was born in my grandmother’s house on a hill in downtown Bassett. She rented two houses from the Bassett family. She lived in one house and kept boarders in the other. My mother and father were married in 1933 and lived with grandma to help with the boarders. My dad also worked for Bassett... Read More
Do you remember when Martinsville had a concrete pool? By Virginia King MARTINSVILLE-How did people stay cool in the summers of the 1920s? At that point, Fairystone Park and Philpott Lake had not been built yet. Some may have ventured into the Smith River or nearby creeks. But when the Liberty Heights Pool was... Read More
The Role the Jewish Community Played in Martinsville By Virginia R. King Many of us old-timers remember the Globman’s department store on Church Street. It was a favorite place to get everything from shoes to china. It was established by Abe Globman in 1915 on the courthouse square. He was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. ... Read More
A Story About a Boy Going to Town Doug Frith was an attorney who lived most of his life in Martinsville and Henry County. After retiring he wrote a book about his life to share with his family. Upon visiting the Heritage Center and Museum one day, he showed me his book and allowed me... Read More
Martinsville and Henry County: Three Major Job Transitions and the Future of Jobs By Dr. Barry M. Dorsey From its inception in October 1776, Henry County—and the entire region–have undergone at least three major job transitions, along with several “lesser” changes. The region is still adjusting to the last of the changes. The Early Years... Read More