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MHCRoots

VisitMartinsville invites you to root for your favorite driver during a NASCAR Monster Energy Series race at Martinsville Speedway, to trace your family roots at the Bassett Historical Center, and to learn more about our Deep Roots that make Martinsville - Henry County, VA so special! 

NASCAR Racing at Martinsville Speedway

Gear up to get ready to root on your favorite drivers at the iconic paperclip! NASCAR racing is a local tradition and we invite your to on of Martinsville Speedway's exciting races coming up this season.

Remember, no matter which driver your root for, we root for YOU! 

Bassett Historical Center

Does your family have roots in Martinsville - Henry County? If so,we encourage you to visit the Bassett Historical Center. The facility is the repository  for all genealogical and local history for the counties of Henry and Patrick and the City of Martinsville, VA. featuring: 

  • 10,000 family files
  • 3,008 local history files
  • 16,088 genealogy books  
  • 995 genealogy files Pilson Collection
  • 131 personal computer genealogy collections
  • Early African-American co-habitation list
  • Local company collections:
    • DuPont, Tultex, Bassett-Walker
    • Blue Ridge Hardware & Supply Co.
    • Bassett Industries, Stanley Newspaper
    • Henry County Plywood, Bassett Pioneer

Take the time to trace your roots; you may be surprised at what you find! In fact, the Bassett Historical Center staff discovered that former First Lay Michelle Obama's family has roots here in Henry County, VA! 

Deep Roots

Martinsville - Henry County is known as a destination with "Deep Roots" where unique assets and rich legacies related to Furniture & 

Textiles, Motorsports, Outdoor Recreation and Cultural Arts offer exceptional visitor experiences.

"Deep Roots" gives a respectful nod to Martinsville's past, bringing relevance to the present by celebrating contributions, and providing a gift to the future with re-purposed activities, facilities, and new economic development opportunities. Deep Roots demonstrates resilience, renewal, and revival.

Agritourism 

Speaking of roots, have we mentioned that Martinsville - Henry County is home to an award-winning brewery and Vineyard as well? That's right, you will definitely want to make trips to Hamlet Vineyards and  Mountain Valley Brewing as a part of your visit. 

Hamlet Vineyards is a Virginia vineyard by Virginia natives with an old Virginia house and a farm hand named Virginia! All of their wines are made from estate grown grapes and served with love in their cozy Tasting Room or on their Tasting Terrace overlooking the vineyards.

Fun Fact: Hamlet Vineyard's 2016 Eltham was included as 1 of 12 wines in the 2019 Governor's Cup Case and the 2016 Petit Verdot took home a silver medal!

Kick back in the peaceful serenity of Mountain Valley, Henry County and enjoy a locally brewed craft beer! At Mountain Valley Brewing, you can troll through the hop yard, tour the small brewery, chat in the cozy taproom, listen to live music outside under the new pavilion or play yard games while enjoying the beautiful views.  

Ready to visit? Request a free Martinsville - Henry County Visitor Guide here.

Considering putting your roots down in Martinsville - Henry County? Download the official Relocation Guide here