Martinsville, Virginia


Historical Society to Celebrate Lumber Heritage at Founders Day

By: John Phillips, President, Board of Directors Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society

December 29, 2022


Historical Society to Celebrate Lumber Heritage at Founders Day

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will celebrate the local lumber heritage at Founders Day on Sunday, January 15, 2023, 3:00 P. M., at the Historic Henry County Courthouse.

Distinguished Speakers will be Jay Dickens, Chief Executive Officer, and Barry Fulcher, Vice President of Forestlands, both of The Lester Group. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Dickens graduated from Millsaps College with degrees in finance and political science. He lives in Martinsville with his wife, Jill. A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Fulcher graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in forestry. He lives in Bassett with his wife, Candy.

Former employees of The Lester Group and other lumber-related companies are especially invited to attend to be recognized. Attendees are also encouraged to wear or bring company products and other mementos. The event is free, made possible by corporate sponsors, Carter Bank & Trust and The Lester Group. The Historic Henry County Courthouse is fully handicap accessible.

John Phillips, Historical Society president, stated, “Each year the Historical Society honors an industry which helped to create and develop our area. We are excited to celebrate lumber this year and encourage everyone to join us. The impact of our lumber industry far exceeds our geographical boundaries.”