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Fun Ahead in 2020

Monday December 9, 2019

Plan Ahead 


25 Days of Christmas Campaign Announced

Monday November 25, 2019

Local Shopping Initiative Set to Kickoff Next Week


Veteran’s Day Weekend In MHC

Friday November 8, 2019

Spend you Veteran's Day weekend in Martinsville-Henry County.


The Most Instagramable Weekend In MHC

Monday October 21, 2019

Discover Martinsville-Henry County, and all the beauty it has to offer. From experiences to scenic views, this will be sure to be a weekend you’ll definitely want to share!


Tourism Revenue Reached 74.3 Million in Martinsville – Henry County in 2018

Tuesday September 10, 2019

All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $26 billion.


Brewster Walk is THIS SATURDAY!

Thursday September 5, 2019

Brewster Walk starts at 1pm is this Saturday, September 7th. 


VisitMartinsville Welcomes Kelly Rowland to Their Team

Friday August 16, 2019

Rowland Named Tourism Marketing & Client Relations Manager.


Doggie Days in MHC

Friday July 26, 2019

Four-legged fun 


Hot Rod Power Tour Stops by Martinsville Speedway

Sunday June 9, 2019

Featuring Thousands of Classic Cars 


Every Piece of Furniture Tells a Story

Tuesday April 16, 2019

Furniture found in the historic homes of Martinsville-Henry County tell the story of our history.


Picnicking Around MHC

Thursday April 4, 2019

Spring brings new opportunities to picnic with your family throughout Martinsville-Henry County!


50 Things to LOVE in MHC!

Friday March 15, 2019

We composed a list of 50 great things to LOVE about MHC.


Crawford & Power to Perform at Smith River Fest

Friday March 8, 2019

Fan favorite set to return at this years Smith River Fest.


Smith River Provision Company Named Title Sponsor for 2019 Smith River Fest

Thursday February 28, 2019

Sovah Health to  Sponsor New Paddling Demo Pool.


Every Piece of Furniture Tells a Story

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


VisitMartinsville Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Wednesday February 13, 2019

Latest marketing campaign receives $5,000.


Valentine's Day In MHC

Friday February 8, 2019

Here's ideas to make your Valentine's Day in MHC one to remember!


9th Annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K Coming Soon

Wednesday February 6, 2019

The Martinsville running scene flourishes as competitors hit the pavement for the 9th annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K.


Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2019

Thursday January 24, 2019

Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2019 has a little something for everyone.


Winter Fun in MHC

Sunday December 2, 2018

Enjoy tons of winter fun in Martinsville - Henry County!


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Friday November 9, 2018

Discover some of the many exciting holiday events happening in Martinsville-Henry County!


Tourism Revenue Reached 70.8 Million in Martinsville – Henry County in 2017

Thursday September 6, 2018

All of Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $25 billion


Countdown to Smith River Fest 2018

Monday July 23, 2018

Outdoor Recreation Festival set for August 11th


Blueways and the Blue Ridge: Why a Visit to Philpott Lake is a Must

Thursday May 31, 2018

Cradled by the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge, Philpott Lake might just be the most spectacular body of water in Virginia. Located just northwest of the town of Martinsville, the 3,000-acre lake spreads into Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties, framed by 7,000 acres of mixed hardwood forest. Besides the beautiful scenery, the lake is studded with nearly a dozen parks and recreation areas, offering an enticing buffet of Blue Ridge adventures.

MILES OF PRISTINE PADDLING

Philpott Lake provides paddlers 100 miles of undeveloped shoreline to explore—with the feel of pristine wilderness. You’ll be treated to tumbling waterfalls, secluded coves, and stunning stretches of shoreline along the Philpott Lake Blueway, a 25-mile water trail linking natural wonders, boat launches, and recreation areas. The bulk of the nine recreation areas scattered along the water trail also offer campgrounds, scenic trails, and serene swimming areas. You can find more information and a guide of Philpott Lake on the Martinsville County website.

The Smith River Trail System, which starts just below the Philpott Dam, is also a great option for paddlers. A 44.5-mile section of the Smith River starts at Philpott Lake and travels all the way to the North Carolina border. There are 11 river access points along the scenic byway as it travels through the towns of Bassett, Stanleytown, Fieldale, Martinsville, and Ridgeway. Along the route you’ll see some impressive rock outcroppings, and during peak water generation from Philpott Dam you can enjoy whitewater rapids (click here to learn more about the water-release schedule).

ADVENTURE OFF THE WATER

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Adventure Off the Water The scenic land around Lake Philpott offers plenty of options for hikers, runners, and cyclists. Virginia State Parks

While paddling might be the main attraction, Philpott Lake is infused with a host of outdoor adventures. Hikers and runners can cover plenty of terrain on the 10-mile Little Mountain Trail System in the neighboring Fairy Stone State Park. Mountain bikers can head to the Jamison Mill Recreation Area, spread along the northwestern corner of the Philpott Lake. The six miles of forested singletrack take off-road riders past century-old historic sites, including the original location of the namesake Jamison Mill. Meanwhile, between Philpott Lake and Martinsville, road cyclists can explore bucolic country roads framed by the peaks of the Blue Ridge, or they can ride the 4.5-mile Dick & Willie Passage, a rail-trail tracing the route of the Danville and Western Railroad, which is also undergoing an expansion to increase its length. Cyclists looking to get the lay of the land can join the local Henry County Bike Club, which leads Sunday afternoon road rides beginning from the Ridgeway Library.

FISHING AND WILDLIFE

Beyond the breathtaking backdrop, Philpott Lake is also a hotspot for anglers of all types. While renowned as one of the premier walleye fisheries in Virginia, the lake’s pristine waters also harbor largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, and black crappie. One highlight is trying to hook one of the lake’s legendary walleye in Runnett Bag Creek during the spring spawn. Another is night fishing: After sunset, walleye, and both largemouth and smallmouth bass congregate in the lake’s sheltered, shallow-water coves, giving anglers ample opportunity to hook a trophy fish by moonlight.

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The vast woodlands buffering the lake also provide the opportunity to spot scarcer species like ruby-throated hummingbirds.  Kevin Winn

In addition to the fish lingering beneath the surface, Philpott Lake is a hotspot for a wide array of wildlife, especially birds. Belted kingfishers and lanky killdeer troll shallow stretches of shoreline, while emerald-headed mallards are abundant throughout the lake. On dry land, the mixed forests of oak, maple, hickory, cedar, and pine are home to familiar woodland species like pileated woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, and cedar waxwings. The woodlands surrounding the lake also provide the opportunity to spot scarcer species like ruby-throated hummingbirds, indigo bunting, and American goldfinches. There’s also a good chance you’ll spot a bald eagle, as they are increasingly common on the lake. Don’t forget the binoculars.

CAMP UNDER THE STARS

At Philpott Lake, campers have a smorgasbord of options, from rustic waterfront tent sites shaded by leafy hardwoods and fragrant pine trees to family-friendly campgrounds loaded with amenities like hot showers and swimming beaches. Campsites edging Philpott Lake provide stunning views of the Milky Way after dark, and campers seeking seclusion can soak up the scenery at the lake’s Goose Point Recreation Area. For a unique experience, paddle to Deer Island to snag one of waterfront campsites accessible only by boat. Meanwhile, families after kid-friendly facilities can opt for one of the campsites at the Horseshoe Point and Salthouse Branch recreation areas. Boaters can take advantage of the Philpott Marina and Group Campground in Bassett, which features 42 boat slips in addition to 10 camping spaces. The spots include water, electric, and sewer hook-ups, while the campground features a picnic shelter and tables, fire rings, and a bathhouse facility with restrooms and showers.

FAIRY STONE STATE PARK

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Fairy Stone State Park is a pristine spot for paddling and fishing.  Virginia State Parks

One of the original six parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Virginia, Fairy Stone State Park—located adjacent to Philpott Lake—is named for cross-shaped, staurolite crystals found within its boundaries. According to legend, the ancient stones are the crystallized tears of the fairies once said to inhabit the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Beyond the mythical mystique, the parks are filled with recreational opportunities.

The bulk of the park’s Little Mountain trail system is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The 168-acre Fairy Stone Lake harbors largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish, and stocked rainbow trout, plus you’ll find a family-friendly swimming beach and seasonal boat and SUP rentals. The park offers some of the coziest accommodation options in the region—including waterfront cabins, homey yurts, and the five bedroom Fairy Stone Lodge, complete with a gas fireplace and restful rocking chairs on the front porch.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Four miles of trails are fun to explore at the Stuart’s Knob area of Fairy Stone State Park.  Virginia State Parks

Whether your idea of fun is hitting the water before dawn or longing lakeside, there’s plenty for the whole family at Philpott Lake. Weekend warriors can warm-up on the four miles of trails at the Stuart’s Knob area of Fairy Stone State Park, and then spend the afternoon on an SUP in the middle of sun-soaked Fairy Stone Lake. At the Salthouse Branch Recreation Area, tots can roam the half-mile Salthouse Branch Nature Trail searching for spicebush and swallowtail butterflies before heading to the kid-friendly swimming area. Meanwhile, family members with four-legs can explore the 4.5-mile Dogwood Glen Trail, also accessible from the Salthouse Branch Recreation Area.

THE PERFECT PARKWAY PIT STOP

Philpott Lake is an idyllic detour for road-trippers exploring the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Located just 30 miles from the parkway’s Rocky Knob Visitor Center (milepost 167), the lake is a picturesque place to take a break from the road. Plan a picnic at the Twin Ridges Recreation Area, hit the beach at Horseshoe Point Recreation Area, or cast for walleye from the shady shoreline at the secluded Ryans Branch Recreation Area.

Besides the bucolic beauty, the region surrounding Philpott Lake also has a rich history of craftsmanship, renowned for the production of furniture and textiles. In historic Fieldale, once a textile producing hub, the walking tour of historic downtown provides a glimpse into the region’s industrious past, while in Martinsville, the collection of galleries and studios dotting the Smith River Artisan Trail showcase the area’s continued tradition of the arts.

Whether on the water or off, the Philpott Lake region has plenty to love for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Written by Malee Baker Oot for RootsRated Media in partnership with Martinsville County.

 

Philpott Lake Blueway Officially Open

Thursday May 10, 2018

An official Opening Ceremony was held Sunday for the Blueway.


NCBA Final Tournament Bracket Set

Monday May 7, 2018

NCBA at Hooker Field this weekend


#VisitMartinsville Photo Contest!

Wednesday May 2, 2018

For the Month of May 2018


NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Friday April 13, 2018

Area to host Division I Regional Tournament!


New to Martinsville Speedway? We Can Help!

Friday March 23, 2018

Let us Help You


LOVE has come to Martinsville Speedway

Monday March 19, 2018

VisitMartinsville announces new sign to Welcome Fans


Visitor Center Celebrates 10 Years

Friday March 2, 2018

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Serving Community for 10 years!!


10 Years of “Fun in Record Time” in MHC

Monday February 5, 2018

Celebrate with us! 



Josh Shilling at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Jam out with Josh this Friday!


NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday April 20, 2017

Area to host Division I Regional Tournament


VisitMartinsville Launches Snapchat Geofilter Design Contest

Wednesday March 22, 2017

Help us design a fun M-HC filter.


TheatreWorks Community Players Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Thursday January 19, 2017

TWCP Awarded Funds for New Website.


“The Dressmaker” Screening at Movie Town

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:15 pm


Grand Opening for The Big Dipper

Wednesday July 20, 2016

June 26 at 3 p.m. 


Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Wednesday June 8, 2016
Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Nine grants awarded 


Three Receive Tourism Ambassador Certification

Monday June 6, 2016
Three Receive Tourism Ambassador Certification

Three area residents named Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Ambassadors


Tickets Now On Sale for Jack's Guitar

Tuesday May 31, 2016

 June 9-12 & 16-19


Kid's Area- Rooster Walk

Thursday May 26, 2016

Kids' Coop 


Virginia Tech and Ohio Added to Tournament Bracket

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Four teams to play at Hooker Field this week


Along the Trail

Tuesday May 10, 2016

A local teen's love for running.



Local family all in for Tarzan

Friday April 22, 2016

Family embraces theatre roles 


Patriot Player’s Tarzan comes swinging into town

Friday April 8, 2016

Tarzan- The Musical 


Wine & ’Shine, Design & Sign

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Highlights of Historic Garden Week 2016



Patriot Players celebrate women in latest show

Tuesday February 23, 2016

Love, Loss and What I Wore


The Magic of Glass

Monday February 8, 2016

Exploring the World of Glass Art

Article by: Aleen Wilson | Photography by: Aleen Wilson & Jennifer Doss


Fishing Championship to Come to Philpott Lake

Friday February 5, 2016

Area will host 90 fishermen 


Ready for a Roaring Good Time?

Monday January 11, 2016

Dino Day returns Saturday, January 30, 2016 


PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass

Friday December 11, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass and community supporters include incentives.


Give the Gift of History & Culture this Holiday Season

Thursday December 3, 2015

Tickets to Spring Garden Tour Available for Advance Holiday Purchase 


Getting to Know MHC

Wednesday December 2, 2015

Tour Focuses on the History & Culture of Bassett, Virginia.


Gearing up for Garden Week: Bassett Post Office

Monday November 30, 2015

Blog Story by Susan Morten


Local Author Hosts Book Signing

Monday November 30, 2015

Mary Clark Dalton Debuts New Children’s Book for Holiday Season


TheatreWorks Presents "The Wiz"

Monday November 30, 2015

Get your tickets now


Halloween Happenings in MHC

Wednesday October 21, 2015

"Halloween Happenings" for the entire family to enjoy!


New MHC Tourism Ambassadors Named

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Two area residents receive MHC Tourism Ambassador recognition


Save Your Soles For The Center

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Help raise funds for the Bassett Historical Center by donating your shoes. 


Brewster Walk to feature more than 50 craft beers plus hard ciders, wine

Friday October 2, 2015

Don't miss the first annual Brewster Walk


Martinsville Culture Crawl Rescheduled

Wednesday September 9, 2015

New Date set for September 18th 


Two area residents receive first Tourism Ambassador recognition

Friday July 17, 2015

Two area residents named MHC Tourism Ambassadors


Discover the Great Outdoors at Smith River Fest

Thursday July 9, 2015

SRF Saturday, August 8, 2015


Hundreds of Quilters to Visit Region this Week

Monday July 6, 2015

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions

 


Throw Back Thursday to Raise Funds for Patriot Players

Thursday July 2, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players to be singing servers at Wild Magnolia for special event


Patriot Players Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Tickets to the Patriot Players' production of "Music from the Movies: 80s & 90s Revue" are on sale now


Broadway Revue Returns To The Black Box

Wednesday June 24, 2015

Come enjoy Broadway melodies from the talents performers of TheatreWorks Community Players


Ordering MHC Event Tickets

Friday June 5, 2015

Ordering event tickets through the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center is convenient and easy!


Summer Events Not to Miss

Thursday June 4, 2015

Start making your MHC summer plans


LOVEwork Coming to Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday April 23, 2015
LOVEwork Coming to Martinsville-Henry County

Come get your photo! 


Open House Planned for Visitor Center

Friday April 17, 2015

State-Certified Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Open for Residents and Visitors


Area Teachers Join The Cast of Legally Blonde

Thursday April 2, 2015

Area teachers and counselors are participating “Legally Blonde: The Musical"


Tourism Marketing Efforts Win National Recognition

Friday March 27, 2015

Tourism Marketing Efforts Win National Recognition


Spencer-Penn Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Saturday March 21, 2015

New Sign Helps Welcome Visitors 


Top Ten Events To Attend In April In MHC

Sunday March 15, 2015

Top ten events to attend in April in Martinsville-Henry County


Students from Italy and Carlisle School Tour Area

Friday February 6, 2015

Italian exchange students and local students tour Martinsville-Henry County


Local Students Earn Service Award from Tourism Office

Friday December 19, 2014

Four area students recently earned volunteer service awards from the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center. Hannah Surber, Cody Mills, Mirayah Stone, and Christian Easley each earned Martinsville-Henry County t-shirts for reaching, and surpassing, 10 hours of volunteer service in the Visitor Center.


Give the Gifts of Beauty, Baseball & Music this Holiday

Wednesday December 17, 2014

2015 Pre-Season Event Tickets Available at the MHC Visitor Center this Week


Win a Foodie Getaway Package

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Click for full details


Holiday Hot Tickets

Friday November 21, 2014

Check off your holiday shopping list with great event tickets at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


Lights, Camera, Action!

Friday November 7, 2014

Learn about the MHC Film Office and how you can get involved


Virginia Tourism and Local Leaders Participate in FAM Tour

Friday October 31, 2014

Twenty-one people toured Martinsville-Henry County on FAM Tour. 


Martinsville-Henry County Gets a Fresh New Look to Promote Tourism

Thursday October 9, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Gets a Fresh New Look to Promote Tourism


Newcomers' Reception Planned

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Organizations to host networking reception for new and prospective area residents.


"Seniors on the Move" Tour Martinsville

Friday October 3, 2014

Twenty-six guests from Danville tour Martinsville-Henry County.


Sample a Taste of MHC

Friday October 3, 2014

Locally made Hooper’s Sauces to be available at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


Area Residents Participate in FAM Tour

Saturday September 13, 2014

Familiarization tour introduced Martinsville-Henry County residents to area attractions


Tourism Revenue Grew in MHC in 2013

Wednesday September 10, 2014

All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $21 billion


Sweets in Uptown

Friday September 5, 2014

Try Delicious Treats from Uptown Sweets at the MHC Visitor Center


Martinsville Culture Crawl This Weekend

Thursday September 4, 2014

Martinsville Culture Crawl is this Saturday in Uptown Martinsville


Mayhew Joins EDC Staff

Thursday August 28, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Division Hires Group Sales Coordinator


Food, Foliage, and Furry Friends

Thursday August 28, 2014

Exotic Animals, Beautiful Plants, and Delicious Treats Featured This Weekend at MHC Visitor Center



See Art and History Come Alive This Weekend

Thursday August 21, 2014

Art Demos and Guided Tours Offered at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


Tasty Treats and Technology

Friday August 15, 2014

The Fab Lab and Dippers Making Appearances This Weekend At MHC Visitor Center


New Resources Available to Promote MHC

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Division Launches New Activity Guide and Map Pad


“See-It Saturdays” and “Sample Sundays” Coming Soon

Thursday July 31, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Hosting Local Business Presentations


Get to MHC and Get Outdoors

Monday June 2, 2014

Outdoor fun for June


VMNH Presents Jefferson Awards

Friday March 21, 2014

8 Recipients Honored at 27th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards


Area Projects Win National Recognition

Thursday January 30, 2014

Textile Heritage Trail Signage and MHC Activity Guide honored at MarCom Awards


A New Year of Experiences

Tuesday December 31, 2013

An Overview of January Events in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia


December Discoveries: The FAB Lab

Thursday December 26, 2013

You can dream it, design it and make it at this revolutionary fabrication facility.


Uptown Sweets Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Wednesday December 11, 2013

New Business Takes Advantage of Grant Funds from EDC


2013 Fall Sports Festival

Tuesday October 29, 2013

Athletes Return To The Smith River Sports Complex for Division III USA South Conference


Halloween Festivities in Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday October 24, 2013

Halloween Festivities Throughout Martinsville-Henry County


Trick-or-Treating in Uptown

Tuesday October 22, 2013

Trick-or-Treating Event in Uptown Martinsville


VisitMartinsville Welcomes Hoffman

Friday September 13, 2013

Heather Hoffman to serve guests at MHC Visitor Center