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Welcome to the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society Web Site!

Your connection to the past and the building blocks of our community’s future…

You’re invited…

To share the fascinating story of Martinsville and Henry County’s past; to help preserve our rich historical resources and become a part of a community of history lovers that is the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society.

The Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that was formed in 1996 for the primary purpose of preserving and protecting the rich heritage and history of Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia.

The society is the common thread that binds Martinsville and Henry County’s past, present, and future.  Now in its 17th year, the Society has more than 160 members.

Opening Ceremony Video
Video of presentation

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting

of the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society

will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015

at 3:00 PM

at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum

in the Historic Henry County Courthouse in Uptown Martinsville


"Patrick Henry And the Road to Rebellion" by Bob Vogler

Business Meeting to follow.




Hours of Operation
Martinsville-Henry County
Heritage Center and Museum
1 East Main Street
Martinsville, VA

Hours of Operation 

     Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

2 pm to 5 pm

Admission is free.
For more information,

please contact us at


Upcoming Events

We Need Your Help

Now more than ever the Martinsville - Henry County Historical Society needs your help in raising critical operating funds needed to support the vision our community leaders are developing to merge our area traditions with new and exciting economic and tourism opportunities.  Join us in being the common thread that binds Martinsville and Henry County's past, present, and future by providing financial support today.  Your donation will enable good work to continue while also allowing the Society to prepare for future needs in a time of uncertainty.

Museum Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program


The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum was selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP).  Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum to better serve the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County by facilitating its meeting and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.
The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and throughout its 30 years has been administered by the American Association of Museums (AAM). As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums.  MAP is a self-motivated program; application to and participation in MAP are initiated by each local institution, and those accepted invest considerable human and institutional resources into the assessment.
“We are honored to be one of only 78 museums in the U.S. to be selected to participate in the MAP program for this cycle,” said Executive Director Debbie Hall. “This will enable us to achieve new growth according to the best practices and procedures in the industry and will bring us one step closer to joining the ranks of the nation’s finest museums who have achieved AAM accreditation.”
MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation.  Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity, and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs.  Participant museums choose one of three categories for its assessment: Collections Stewardship, Organizational, Community Engagement. The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum will take part in the Organizational assessment process. Small and mid-sized museums of all types, including art, history, science and technology, children’s, natural history, historic houses, nature centers, botanical gardens, and zoos participate in the program.
“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”
Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 4,300 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. For more information, including a complete list of museums participating in MAP, please visit, call 202/289-9118 or e-mail
AAM is the only organization representing the nation’s entire museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum field for over 100 years. For more information about AAM, visit The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. To learn more about the Institute, please visit:
"On The Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco" Exhibit



The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society celebrates the area’s Industrial Heritage with a new exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco.” The exhibit honors the contributions made to our community by area manufacturers and the skilled craftsmen they employed as well as the ingenuity, resilience and fortitude they all possessed. Among the industries on display are Bassett Furniture Industries, Bassett Mirror Company, Hooker Furniture Company, Stanley Furniture Company, American Furniture Company and Gravely Furniture Company, Martin Processing, DuPont, Pannill Knitting, Sale Knitting, Bassett-Walker Knitting, and Fieldcrest Mills. Please stop by and take a walk through our heritage.

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