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Wednesday May 1, 2019

If you are looking for a beautiful, historic building or exterior for your dream wedding, Martinsville-Henry County has a variety of options for your perfect nostalgic nuptial location.

Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum

Located in the Historic Henry County Courthouse, the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center offers a variety of rental spaces for your events, meetings and other gatherings. Make your event as historic as its location.

Celebrate your wedding or renew your vows in the beautifully restored Circuit Court Courtroom. Host your luncheon, reception, reunion or business retreat in our exhibit rooms located in the former records rooms and vault. Conduct your club or business meeting in our conference room.

Watch us grow as the front lawn and grounds undergo a transformation by the Garden Club of Virginia. Restored to its 1929 appearance with the oldest portion of the structure dating back to 1824, the Heritage Center & Museum offers a unique location for your events and gatherings.

If you are interested in hosting your next event at the Heritage Center & Museum, please contact us at 276-403-5361 or email us at mhchistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Little Post Office

The historic Little Post Office, located at 207 Starling Avenue Martinsville, was built in 1893 as a postal distribution center for the Star Route. Trains delivered mail to the Dick & Willie station, then the mail was taken to the distribution center to be put on carriages for delivery to other locations. In 1917 the distribution center was closed after the success of rural free delivery (RFD). At just 275 square feet, the Little Post Office is the last free standing Star Route Delivery Post Office.

Located in the heart of Martinsville’s Arts & Cultural District, the small, gable-front building is lushly detailed in the Queen Anne Style, with beautiful ironwork and an original stained glass door. The LPO is full of historic charm and provides a beautiful setting for art exhibitions and private events. The facility and grounds may be rented for weddings, parties and other special events through Piedmont Arts and hosts art exhibits throughout the year.

Contact Piedmont Arts for more information at 276.632.3221 or pallen@piedmontarts.org.

Stoneleigh Estate

This 1926 Tudor mansion is nestled in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking 56 acres of manicured lawns, forest, and recently refurbished formal gardens. It is crafted out of stone from the nearby Smith River. The interior décor is European chic with modern conveniences.

Stoneleigh is listed on the National Historic Registry and is the former home of Virginia Governor Thomas B. Stanley.

Stoneleigh is available for special events. Please contact the manager for details through Airbnb.

This home is perfect for family/friend gatherings or business retreats.

Guests have access to the entire house and grounds. (22,000 square feet). The housekeeper lives in the apartment over the garage, but does not have access to the main house when it is rented. The host is available throughout the stay to suggest activities and help with access to extra amenities.

  • Sleeps 15 guests
  • 8 bedrooms
  • 9 beds
  • 6.5 baths
  • Personal chef, butler & bartender services available upon request

Spencer-Penn Centre

Spencer-Penn Centre is located in what was once a rural school which opened in 1927. The Centre has freshly renovated spaces available to host a variety of large or small events. Two large rooms make lovely settings for weddings, rehearsal parties, reunions, lectures, family celebrations, performances, etc. Smaller spaces are suitable for classes, meetings, conferences, small parties, etc. Two spaces are very close to the playground which makes it great for a child’s party. All spaces are handicapped accessible. All rentals come with sound if requested. All spaces have large beautiful windows.

Larger rooms can accommodate 100 to 400 people. Breakout rooms are available. Available amenities include: Wi-Fi, Projectors, Large screens, sound system, tables, chairs, land linens. Catering services also available on-site or guests may choose off-site catering services. Many packages available. Call the centre today for more information or visit us on the web at www.thecenteratspencerpenn.com.

Historic John D. Bassett Event Center

The Historic John D. Bassett High School is the perfect facility to hold your next gathering, reception or conference. The re-purposed high school is listed on the Virginia Landmark Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. The facility is capable of hosting wedding receptions, business conferences, trade shows and more. Contact us to discuss the many possibilities.

Facility Includes:

  • Theatre which seats 585, features dual projections screens and 2 60" side monitors
  • 8 Breakout Rooms are available each seating 40
  • Banquet Area which seats 250
  • Gym capable of hosting 48 trade show booths with power provided for each
  • Computer Lab

Make your next meeting a success at the Historic John D. Bassett High School Event Center. Contact HJDB at sharon@emiimaging.com.

The Parish House

Christ Episcopal Church Parish House, located at 311 East Church Street, is a handsome Georgian four columned red brick house.  The present structure, dating from 1920, was designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

The original home on this site was constructed in 1905 by Col. Benjamin F. Stevens, a former president of Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company.  It sat on ten and half acres of land and also included a garage.  His daughter and her husband, Col. Pannill Rucker, lived in the home until it was destroyed by fire in 1917.  Col. Rucker began rebuilding the house as a two story structure, using the four walls of the original house left standing after the fire. 

In 1920, Rives S. Brown purchased the house and 12 lots for $50,550 and completed the rebuilding.  Mr. and Mrs. Brown and their son, Rives Spotswood Brown, Jr., lived in the house until it was sold to William Letcher Pannill, founder of Pannill Knitting, in 1933.  Mr. and Mrs. Pannill and their seven children moved into the house and renamed it Scuffle Hill because it was located on a hill and he had to "scuffle up the money" to pay for it.  Mr. Pannill died in 1940 and Mrs. Pannill remained in the home until its sale to Christ Episcopal Church in 1959, at which time she moved into the remodeled former garage.  The home was then reconfigured for use as a Sunday School Center, church office and site for social functions.  Many lovely furniture pieces have been donated by church members and former residents of the home.

The Parish house offers a modest kitchen, lovely dining room, paneled library, parlor, and exquisite entry foyer.  It is perfect for hosting meetings and special events and offers a beautiful setting for portraits.  The Parish House may be rented.  Please contact the church office for details and to reserve your date at office@christchurchmvl.org or 276-632-2896.

 

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