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“Virginia is For Lovers” was created 50 years ago, and it’s become one of the most beloved and iconic slogans in the world. While it’s meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people over the years, one thing remains the same: LOVE.

In 2019, we’re celebrating 50 Years of Love with the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).

Join us in celebrating all there is to love in Martinsville - Henry County, VA! Stay tuned for more events as they are added!

Want our NEW Love Letters at your next event? Fill out the REQUEST FORM and return to Tourism@yesmartinsville.com!

Special Events  

50 Years of Love Art Camp at the Spencer Penn Centre on June 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m

Tourism Takeover Wine Tasting at Hamlet Vineyards - Sunday, June 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Tourism Takeover Night at Mountain Valley Brewing - Friday, July 26th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Theatre Thursdays* at Rives Theatre featuring box office hits from 1969:
June 13th- The Italian Job 
July 11th- True Grit
August 8th- Sweet Charity 

1960's Sock Hop at Spencer Penn Centre on August 18th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Piedmont Arts has showcased the love of ART in Martinsville - Henry County for over 50 years. Join them for Savory September on September 27th. Celebrate the foods that Virginia made famous at Savory September: Virginia is for Lovers. Featuring Virginia-themed dishes by local chefs, creative cocktails and an open bar, Savory September is one more thing to love about the Old Dominion. Ticket includes admission, food and bar.

Happenings & Such 

Dippers Ice Cream will offer a special Tie Dye Love ice cream that will take you back to the 60's

LOVE Truffles available at Cocoa Trail Chocolates!  

NASCAR fans headed to the Martinsville Speedway for the First Data 500 can stop by the Martinsville - Henry County Visitor Center for a limited edition giveaway. It's a secret for now, but here's a hint: we are celebrating the year 1969 and the Martinsville Speedway winner(s) from that year! 

Miles in Martinsville will offer limited edition 50 Years of Love giveaways for race participants.**

Register to win a one-of-a-kind Amazonite, Garnet & Diamond ring from The Jewelers Edge & VisitMartinsville. Simply stop by the Jeweler's Edge or the Martinsville - Henry County Visitor Center to register to win between June 21st and August 9th. The winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, August 12th. 

Bassett Historical Center will provide #TBT photos from Martinsville - Henry County from the year 1969! These photos will be showcased on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Take your picture at the new Martinsville - Henry County LOVEwork at Smith River Sports Complex! Be sure to use hashtags #LoveVA #50YEARSOFLOVE, #SHAREWHATYOULOVE and #VisitMartinsville. 

Keep the fun going all year by downloading 50 Things to Love in MHC here

*Movie line-up is subject to change. 
** Limited quantities available