Martinsville, Virginia


Sunday Afternoon Lecture "The Maps of Thomas Jefferson"

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

November 3, 2023


The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will host its monthly Sunday Afternoon Lecture, “The Maps of Thomas Jefferson” with Zack Fleming on Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3:00 P.M., at the Historic Henry County Courthouse, 1 East Main Street.

The presentation will delve into Thomas Jefferson’s interest in geography and maps and highlight a notable map created by his father, Peter Jefferson, in 1751, which played a crucial role in shaping early American history and served as a source for one of the most important maps in U. S. history. Lesser-known maps by Thomas Jefferson will also be explored as well as maps connected to him through the expeditions out west that he oversaw.

Fleming, a U. S. Veteran and former educator with Henry County Public Schools, is a cartographer. He served previously on the Board of Directors of the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society. Visit his website at Follow him on Instagram at Subscribe to his YouTube channel at Receive his newsletter at

John Phillips, Historical Society President, stated, “Our community is fortunate to have an accomplished cartographer such as Fleming willing to share his knowledge and passion. He is a descendant of Peter Jefferson’s brother, Field Jefferson, which makes his lecture especially unique.”

Admission to the Sunday Afternoon Lecture series is free, made possible by corporate sponsors, Carter Bank & Trust and The Lester Group. The Historic Henry County Courthouse is fully handicap accessible. The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum will be open following the presentation.