Martinsville, Virginia

Things to Do

Fayette Square

20th Century, African-American, Historic Districts, History, Outdoors

Fayette Square lies the heart of the Fayette Street Historic District, in uptown Martinsville. The district continues to represent the commercial and institutional center of the African American community in Martinsville as one of its oldest neighborhoods. The 42-acre district includes 116 historically contributing buildings with architecture reflective of a number of styles: Late Victorian, Queen Anne; Late 19th & 20th century Revivals, Colonial and Tudor; Late 19th & 20th century American Movement, Commercial, American Foursquare, Bungalow, and Craftsman; and Folk Victorian Vernacular.

Residents and visitors are welcomed to enjoy a little time outdoors within the pocket park. Amenities include tables and chairs, a Little Free Library, and the June German Ball Mural. June German Ball celebrates the vibrant culture and heritage of 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.

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