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Nostalgic Nuptials

Friday April 5, 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.


Music Night at Spencer Penn

Wednesday January 2, 2019

The Spencer-Penn Centre will be having their Music Night Friday, January 11th.

Movie In The Spencer Penn Library/After Party

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Free Movie 

Music Night at Spencer Penn!

Wednesday November 28, 2018

The Spencer Penn Centre will be hosting a one of a kind music night Friday, December 14th..

Spencer-Penn's Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Spencer-Penn Centre is offering a wide variety of upcoming events.

October Music Night at SPC

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Featuring Jason Harris & Friends

Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre is Friday, August 10th

Wednesday August 1, 2018

Make it a tradition! 

Music Night May 11th at Spencer Penn Centre

Monday April 30, 2018

Doors open at 5:00

Pig Cookin’ Contest at Spencer Penn Centre

Wednesday April 4, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018


January 12th & 13th at Spencer Penn Centre

Thursday December 28, 2017

A weekend of fun 

Music Night at Spencer Penn Featuring The Country Boys

Tuesday November 28, 2017

Friday, December 8th 

Do You Want to Build A (Sock) Snowman?

Wednesday November 15, 2017

Holiday fun at SPC

Music Night at Spencer Penn Featuring The Marshall Brothers

Friday October 27, 2017

Friday, November 10th 

October 2017 at Spencer Penn Centre

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Upcoming Events at SPC

Music Night, Weave-In & Kids Sewing Classes

Tuesday August 22, 2017

At Spencer Penn Centre

Coming up at the Spencer Penn Centre

Monday July 31, 2017

Music Night and Craft Fair 

Clogging Class, Native American Storytelling & More

Wednesday July 5, 2017

At Spencer Penn Centre 

Summer Fun for Kids in MHC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Start Planning Now! 

May & June at the Spencer Penn Centre

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Mark your calendars

Fun Festivals in MHC

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Music, Heritage & More

Next Week at the Spencer-Penn Centre

Monday March 27, 2017

Music, BBQ & Fun  

Fantastic Festivals in MHC

Wednesday March 15, 2017

A variety of exciting festivals are held annually in Martinsville-Henry County.

Pig Bike Ride to roll on Pig Cookin Day

Monday February 6, 2017

Saturday, April 8th


Fairies, Music and More at Spencer Penn Centre

Friday February 3, 2017

Mark your calendar

Clogging, Knitting & More at the Spencer Penn Centre

Thursday January 26, 2017

Upcoming Classes & Events 

Crafts, Music & More at Spencer Penn Centre

Wednesday January 4, 2017

January at the SPC

Pig Cookin' is Comin'

Monday December 12, 2016

April will be here soon!

2017 Pig Cookin’ Contest Countdown!

Wednesday October 19, 2016

At the Historic Spencer Penn Centre

September Festivals

Wednesday September 7, 2016

Full of fun 

Open Door Tour in the City of Martinsville and Across Henry County

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Smith River Artisan Trail 

16 in '16

Thursday December 31, 2015

16 great reasons to visit MHC in 2016 

20 things you Need to do this September in MHC

Wednesday September 9, 2015

September will be full of fun

Summer 2015 Kids Camps

Wednesday May 20, 2015

A list of local Martinsville-Henry County area 2015 Kids Summer Camps

Spencer-Penn Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Saturday March 21, 2015

New Sign Helps Welcome Visitors 

Spencer-Penn Centre Hosts 11th Photography Exhibit and Competition

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Spencer-Penn Centre Hosts 11th Photography Exhibit and Competition

A New Year of Experiences

Thursday January 15, 2015

Experience Something New in 2015

Winter Fun: Spencer Penn Centre

Tuesday December 30, 2014

The Spencer-Penn Centre has plenty of ways to keep your family entertained

Move to the Music in MHC

Thursday March 6, 2014

Enjoy the music

Welcome to Spencer-Penn Centre

Saturday January 25, 2014

Discover the many functions of this historic venue.

A New Year of Experiences

Tuesday December 31, 2013

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