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Tuesday February 28, 2012

Meet a Martinsville Insider: Rives Brown Coleman. After a busy week working at Rives S. Brown Real Estate in the historic "Grey Lady"* of Martinsville, Rives and his family enjoy getting out to enjoy the many opportunities that Martinsville-Henry County has to offer. Here are his tips...

Where do you take friends and family when they come to town?

"We love to visit the Virginia Museum of Natural History! It's a natural fit for anyone young or old. My two daughters love to visit the pirate ship in the Hooker Furniture Discovery Reef there. We also will visit the the Smith River Sports Complex for some playtime too."

What are your favorite Martinsville-Henry County festivals?

"Rooster Walk is only in its 4th year but is one of the fastest growing family-friendly music festivals in our area."

What is the most interesting tidbit about Rives S. Brown Inc.?

"Our company has helped develop the oldest subdivisions in our area, in fact the nationally-known designer that my great grandfather used also designed several well-known subdivisions in Charlotte and Atlanta."

Dick & Willie Passage

What are your top Martinsville-Henry County Dining spots?

"We love Wild MagnoliaMi RanchitoRania'sNajjars Pizza HavenThird Bay Cafe' and Elizabeth's Pizza." 

Where do you go to enjoy sports and recreation?

"We like to walk and ride bikes on the Dick & Willie Passage. We try to attend as many high school sports events as possible and my wife loves running around Lake Lanier."

*Fun Facts: Nicknamed the "Grey Lady," the John Waddey Carter House on Church Street is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. According to a sign on the property, "This beautiful Queen Ann residence was built in 1896 by John W. Carter as a wedding present for his young bride, Miss Mary Kizziah Drewery, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry M. Drewry. Referred to as ‘The Grey Lady', the dwelling is a textbook example of the Queen Anne Style possessing typical features of irregular composition, mixture of materials and surface use of Eastlake ornamentation. Conspicuously located on one of Martinsville main thoroughfares, the house was appropriate for a prominent and prosperous lawyer and his young wife."

Get out to explore Martinsville-Henry County and see for yourself...


Tags: Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail, , Insider's Tips, , Rooster Walk, Smith River Sports Complex, Virginia Museum of Natural History,