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Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise-In for “Race Night”

Tuesday October 9, 2018

Bassett Cruise-In, Saturday, October 20, 2018

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (Note earlier starting time)


“Art Class Confidential” Showcases Artwork by High School Seniors

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Piedmont Arts exhibit features work by 36 local students


September's Bassett Highway 57 Cruise In

Friday August 31, 2018

Bassett Highway 57 Cruise In to be held Saturday, September 15.


How to Pull Off a Memorable Camping Trip at Philpott Lake

Friday August 10, 2018

The medley of recreation areas bordering the lake are also teeming with blissful campsites, providing options for all sorts of campers—from backcountry aficionados searching for a rustic retreat to first-time glampers ready to escape for a weekend.



A Guide to Exploring Philpott Lake

Monday July 23, 2018
A Guide to Exploring Philpott Lake

There are a multitude of options for exploring this picturesque paddling destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


How to Experience the Best Trails and Ales Near Philpott Lake

Friday July 13, 2018
	How to Experience the Best Trails and Ales Near Philpott Lake

Explore the trails along Virginia's Philpott Lake and discover the area's local breweries, wineries, and distilleries while you're at it.


Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In 2018 Schedule Announced

Friday May 11, 2018

Stay tuned for updates! 


Philpott Lake Blueway Officially Open

Thursday May 10, 2018

An official Opening Ceremony was held Sunday for the Blueway.



Martinsville-Henry County EDC Receives VTC Grant for Tourism Marketing

Friday March 9, 2018

#VisitMartinsville receives grant.


Philpott Lake Turns 65

Friday January 5, 2018

A Year of Celebration


September 16, 2017 Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In

Monday September 11, 2017

Downtown Bassett 


Bassett Historical Center Programs for October and November 2017

Thursday September 7, 2017

Coming Up at the Bassett Historical Center 


The Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In is July 15th

Friday July 7, 2017

4-8 PM in Downtown Bassett


Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In This Saturday

Monday June 12, 2017

Downtown Bassett, VA


Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In 2017 Season

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Kick-Off 5/20/17


Fun Festivals in MHC

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Music, Heritage & More


Fantastic Festivals in MHC

Wednesday March 15, 2017

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


Exhibit Honors Art and Life of Wanda Prillaman

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Works by local watercolor artist are showcased in Piedmont Arts exhibit


Eastman Foundation Donation to Help Revitalize Fieldale Business District

Tuesday September 27, 2016
 Eastman Foundation Donation to Help Revitalize Fieldale Business District

$125,000 donated to the effort to revitalize the Fieldale community.


September Festivals

Wednesday September 7, 2016

Full of fun 


PYSL Fall Soccer Season Kicks Off

Wednesday September 7, 2016

PYSL Fall Soccer Season kicks off an 8-week season this Saturday, September 10th, at the Smith River Sports Complex.



Bassett HWY 57 Cruise-Ins Scheduled

Monday April 25, 2016

In Downtown Bassett 


Garden Club lunch by PHCC Culinary students

Friday April 22, 2016

Garden Day 4/27/16 


Sports Complex Adds Fitness Stations to Walking Path

Thursday April 21, 2016

By Eagle Scout Jonathan Hummer


The Flavor of Garden Day

Tuesday April 19, 2016

MHC Garden Day 


MHC Garden Day 2016: Books that Bind

Wednesday April 6, 2016

The Haley home 


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

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Smith River Artisan Trail 


Bassett, Pioneering the Future

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2016


Craig “Rocky” Rockwell Honored by American Recreation Coalition

Friday March 18, 2016

Philpott Lake Operations Project Manager Receives Prestigious “Legends” Award 


Wine & ’Shine, Design & Sign

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Highlights of Historic Garden Week 2016


National Genealogy Day

Monday March 7, 2016

Bassett Historical Center


MHC Garden Day Tour 2016: A Job and a House

Thursday February 11, 2016

Tour of Bassett, VA 


Students from Italy Say “Ciao” to MHC

Thursday February 4, 2016

Italian exchange students and local students tour Martinsville-Henry County.


Historic Garden Week: A Rail Line Runs Through It

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Article by Susan Morten


16 in '16

Thursday December 31, 2015

16 great reasons to visit MHC in 2016 


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


Philpott Marina Recognized as Best New Facility

Thursday November 19, 2015

Philpott Marina received Best New Facility award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society


Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2016

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Blog by Susan Morton


Dan River Basin Association Hosts Hike at Lauren Mountain Preserve

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Dan River Basin Association Hosts Hike at Lauren Mountain Preserve in Bassett, VA. 


Save Your Soles For The Center

Tuesday October 6, 2015

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


20 things you Need to do this September in MHC

Wednesday September 9, 2015

September will be full of fun


The Annual Bassett Heritage Festival

Tuesday September 8, 2015

Saturday, September 12th in downtown Bassett


Summer Events Not to Miss

Thursday June 4, 2015

Start making your MHC summer plans


Fishing Philpott Lake

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Fishing Philpott Lake


National Day of Unplugging

Wednesday February 25, 2015

What will you do when you unplug?


Virginia Tourism and Local Leaders Participate in FAM Tour

Friday October 31, 2014

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


Explore MARTinsville

Thursday October 30, 2014

School is back in session but you can still get away for a little weekend adventure. Load up the family for a fun day trip to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia in search of public art. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exhibits on display throughout the community.

A drive through the historic Uptown District of Martinsville will take you past four significant outdoor murals. The “Circus Mural”, by John Stiles, is located at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in Martinsville. It is a cheerful look back in time to 1920 when the circus came to town. The work depicts a parade of elephants wearing colorful banners as they plodded through the streets to herald the upcoming performance. You can even see an actual photo of this day in time by visiting the nearby Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum on Church Street.

Old Glory”, located on Franklin Street in Martinsville at the Theatre Works Black Box is a 38’ by 18’ American Flag painted by world renowned artist Scott Lobaido. Just looking at the incredible detail of this mural you can almost see the flag rippling in the wind. The most remarkable thing about it is that the creation was completed in just one day! Lobaido, known for his speed painting techniques, created the patriotic work in honor of local veteran, Cpl. JB Kerns who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.

The “Uptown Farmers’ Market Mural”, by Betty LaDuke, depicts the role of agriculture in society and showcases the people that help bring food to our tables. After the mural was mounted to the wall at the Market on Church Street in Martinsville, a group of high school students under the direction of local artist Celia Tucker created their own interpretations of LaDuke’s work. The student’s wooden painted cutouts of produce and farmers can be seen throughout the Market.

The newest mural in Uptown Martinsville is “June German Ball.” Located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, the mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938. The mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

Just a short walk from Uptown, you can see a variety of sculptures. The brushed steel sculpture, “Kabuki Dancer” by Barry Tinsley can be seen on the grounds of Piedmont Arts on Starling Avenue. Artist Ed Dolinger created a variety of sculptures, inspired by nature, that are found along the Uptown Connection Trail and Silverbell Trail in Martinsville. They include large-scale leaves, Silverbell blooms and small bronze sculptures of native Virginia wildlife. Young children will especially love searching for Dolinger’s bronze animals that are “hidden” along the corridor of the Silverbell Trail. There are eight animals to be found, including a rabbit, frog, turtle and trout.

Just a short drive from Martinsville, in the Village of Fieldale, you’ll find an iconic structure now repurposed as a piece of trail art. The 1931 Fieldale Iron Bridge was a beloved part of the community as many tales revolved around events that occurred on, above and under the bridge. The iron truss bridge spanning the Smith River was slated to be destroyed in 2009 to make way for a more modern concrete bridge until the community rallied together to preserve a piece of it. Located in Fieldale along South River Road, the structure now bears the names of nearly one-hundred past and present residents that cared to see the bridge saved by contributing financially to the preservation effort.

For a more lighthearted category of art, drive around the community to see how many painted brontosaurus sculptures your family can find. Part of the exhibition “Dinosaurs on Parade” you can find the long-necked dinos in a variety of places throughout the community. See if you can locate the cowboy, the student, the mirror-ball dino and even the friendly fellow named “Bud Ice-cream-a-saurus.”

Two of the area’s indoor murals are available for viewing on weekdays. Inside the SunTrust Bank on Church Street, a 73-foot long mural by Richmond artist H. Warren Billings hangs just behind the teller’s counter. The mural, which took a year to complete, highlights Virginia and local history. It features eight detailed scenes from 1705-1832, including: The Capital in Williamsburg; Richmond; The Henry County Courthouse; The Colonel Joseph Martin House; The Major John Redd House; Stratford Hall; Redd House; and Lover's Leap in Patrick County.

One of the most historic works of art in the community is the 1939 fresco, “Manufacture of Furniture” by Walter Carnelli. The mural is located in the historic Bassett Post Office on Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett and it depicts scenes of furniture makers at work. This is one of a series of murals across Virginia that was commissioned by the WPA under the Treasury Department. The fresco technique involved painting onto wet lime plaster. As the plaster dried, the pigments were embedded and became part of the building’s walls.

From industry and architecture to history, nature and culture, the topics of area works of public art are very diverse. Have fun discovering each of these area treasures with your family and who knows - you might inspire a future generation of artists!

If you need help locating any of these public art sites, visit the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) for maps and helpful information. While there, pick up a copy of the Family Fun Passport that will enable you to earn a free t-shirt, just for visiting some of these sites.


Exploring MARTinsville

Wednesday October 1, 2014

School is back in session but you can still get away for a little weekend adventure. Load up the family for a fun day trip to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia in search of public art. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exhibits on display throughout the community.

A drive through the historic Uptown District of Martinsville will take you past four significant outdoor murals. The “Circus Mural”, by John Stiles, is located at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in Martinsville. It is a cheerful look back in time to 1920 when the circus came to town. The work depicts a parade of elephants wearing colorful banners as they plodded through the streets to herald the upcoming performance. You can even see an actual photo of this day in time by visiting the nearby Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum on Church Street.

“Old Glory”, located on Franklin Street in Martinsville at the Theatre Works Black Box is a 38’ by 18’ American Flag painted by world renowned artist Scott Lobaido. Just looking at the incredible detail of this mural you can almost see the flag rippling in the wind. The most remarkable thing about it is that the creation was completed in just one day! Lobaido, known for his speed painting techniques, created the patriotic work in honor of local veteran, Cpl. JB Kerns who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.

The “Uptown Farmers’ Market Mural”, by Betty LaDuke, depicts the role of agriculture in society and showcases the people that help bring food to our tables. After the mural was mounted to the wall at the Market on Church Street in Martinsville, a group of high school students under the direction of local artist Celia Tucker created their own interpretations of LaDuke’s work. The student’s wooden painted cutouts of produce and farmers can be seen throughout the Market.

The newest mural in Uptown Martinsville is “June German Ball.” Located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, the mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938. The mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

Just a short walk from Uptown, you can see a variety of sculptures. The brushed steel sculpture, “Kabuki Dancer” by Barry Tinsley can be seen on the grounds of Piedmont Arts on Starling Avenue. Artist Ed Dolinger created a variety of sculptures, inspired by nature, that are found along the Uptown Connection Trail and Silverbell Trail in Martinsville. They include large-scale leaves, Silverbell blooms and small bronze sculptures of native Virginia wildlife. Young children will especially love searching for Dolinger’s bronze animals that are “hidden” along the corridor of the Silverbell Trail. There are eight animals to be found, including a rabbit, frog, turtle and trout.

Just a short drive from Martinsville, in the Village of Fieldale, you’ll find an iconic structure now repurposed as a piece of trail art. The 1931 Fieldale Iron Bridge was a beloved part of the community as many tales revolved around events that occurred on, above and under the bridge. The iron truss bridge spanning the Smith River was slated to be destroyed in 2009 to make way for a more modern concrete bridge until the community rallied together to preserve a piece of it. Located in Fieldale along South River Road, the structure now bears the names of nearly one-hundred past and present residents that cared to see the bridge saved by contributing financially to the preservation effort.

For a more lighthearted category of art, drive around the community to see how many painted brontosaurus sculptures your family can find. Part of the exhibition “Dinosaurs on Parade” you can find the long-necked dinos in a variety of places throughout the community. See if you can locate the cowboy, the student, the mirror-ball dino and even the friendly fellow named “Bud Ice-cream-a-saurus.”

Two of the area’s indoor murals are available for viewing on weekdays. Inside the SunTrust Bank on Church Street, a 73-foot long mural by Richmond artist H. Warren Billings hangs just behind the teller’s counter. The mural, which took a year to complete, highlights Virginia and local history. It features eight detailed scenes from 1705-1832, including: The Capital in Williamsburg; Richmond; The Henry County Courthouse; The Colonel Joseph Martin House; The Major John Redd House; Stratford Hall; Redd House; and Lover's Leap in Patrick County.

One of the most historic works of art in the community is the 1939 fresco, “Manufacture of Furniture” by Walter Carnelli. The mural is located in the historic Bassett Post Office on Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett and it depicts scenes of furniture makers at work. This is one of a series of murals across Virginia that was commissioned by the WPA under the Treasury Department. The fresco technique involved painting onto wet lime plaster. As the plaster dried, the pigments were embedded and became part of the building’s walls.

From industry and architecture to history, nature and culture, the topics of area works of public art are very diverse. Have fun discovering each of these area treasures with your family and who knows - you might inspire a future generation of artists!

If you need help locating any of these public art sites, visit the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) for maps and helpful information. While there, pick up a copy of the Family Fun Passport that will enable you to earn a free t-shirt, just for visiting some of these sites.


Hamlet Vineyards

Wednesday August 27, 2014

A Visit to this Southern Virginia Hotspot


Take Back Your Vacation

Thursday August 21, 2014

Escape to Philpott Lake


Virginia Farmers’ Market Week in MHC

Wednesday August 6, 2014

Explore Local Products With A Visit To Local Farmers’ Markets


Discover the Great Outdoors

Tuesday June 17, 2014

"Not all who wonder are lost."- J.R.R. Tolkien 


From Genetics To Genealogy

Friday May 16, 2014

Daphne Wayson's Story of Finding Her Roots at the Bassett Historical Center


The College of William & Mary Win at Hooker Field

Monday May 5, 2014

The College of William & Mary District III Champion


Move to the Music in MHC

Thursday March 6, 2014

Enjoy the music


Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs

Friday October 25, 2013

Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs


Bassett and Fieldale Areas Featured on Regional Television

Friday October 11, 2013

Area Promoted on Daytime Blue Ridge’s “In A Day’s Drive”


Discover Bassett, Virginia

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Tidbits and Trivia About this Southern Virginia Town


Simple Sunday Fun

Monday August 26, 2013

Enjoy Old Fashioned Fun at Billy's Jamboree