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Monday December 14, 2015

As winter temperatures approach us, it’s a great time to discover one, or all, of Martinsville-Henry County’s eight museums. The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum, housed in the former Henry County Courthouse in Uptown Martinsville, is full of local information, artifacts, photos and more and boasts free admission for visitors. Explore collections of local memorabilia and exciting exhibits and learn from members of the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society. You can even pose for a photo in the judge’s chambers inside the former courtroom or hold a mock trial! Current exhibits include: On the Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco, Christmas Trees at the Historic Courthouse and Madame Alexander First Ladies Dolls.

On the Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco honors the contributions made to the Martinsville-Henry County community by area manufactures and the skilled craftsmen they employed as well as the ingenuity, resilience and fortitude they all possessed. Among the industries displayed are Bassett Furniture Industries, Bassett Mirror Company, Hooker Furniture Company, Stanley Furniture Company, American Furniture Company, Gravely Furniture Company, Martin Processing, DuPont, Pannill Knitting, Sale Knitting, Bassett-Walker Knitting and Fieldcrest Mills. Stop by soon because this exhibit will close at the end of December.

The Christmas Trees at the Historic Courthouse exhibit will be on display through January 9, 2016 and showcases seven beautifully decorated trees that represent days gone by. Tree themes include: Old Fashion, Patriotic, Children’s and more. Visitors may experience a feeling of nostalgia as the glance less-modern décor that makes these trees something to see. Also included in this special holiday exhibit is a collection of Santa Collectible Dolls.

The Madame Alexander First Ladies Dolls exhibit is a thing of beauty- for history buffs and doll enthusiasts alike. The twenty dolls are wearing gowns and ensembles mimicking those of former First Ladies or First Hostesses of the White House for inaugurations or other memorable events during the Presidency.

As you are making plans for this holiday and into the New Year, be sure to take time to explore the museums, including the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum that MHC has to offer. Most even offer free admission! The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum is located at 1 East Main Street in Martinsville and is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 PM until 5 PM. 

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