Martinsville, Virginia

Things to Do

Spencer-Penn Centre

Arts & Cultural, Event Venue

In 1927, Spencer-Penn opened as a public school for elementary 1-7 and high school. When it closed in 2004, the community bought the property to once again serve the community as an education and special events center. Obtaining status on the Virginia Landmarks List and on the Historic Register was top priority and was granted in early 2005. Renovation began with emphasis to ensure the integrity and personality of an old school.

The Centre invites everyone to tour the facility; to check out books in the Charles and Rose Hylton Library; to work in the Stone Technology Lab; to take one of the various classes offered; to rent a space for a small or large event or to tour the Stanley Bowles Classroom which has been renovated as an old classroom similar to the ones of 1927. School memorabilia and Spencer-Penn memorabilia are displayed.

To find details on all of our upcoming events, such as our monthly Music Night, the annual Pig Cookin’, our annual Fall Festival, and more be sure to check the calendar.


Venue Rental Information: 

Spencer Penn Centre is a beautiful venue for family or business events. Wedding, reunions, anniversaries and business retreats are taking advantage of the beautiful facility and rural surroundings. The Historic Spencer-Penn Centre is a special events and education center with conference facilities for groups large and small. Larger rooms can accommodate 100 to 300 people. Breakout rooms are available. Available amenities include: Wi-Fi, Projectors, Large screens, sound system, tables, chairs. Many packages available. Call the center today for more information. 


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