“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Henry County, Virginia

Clickable Map of Henry County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Henry County, VA (10) Franklin County, VA (25) Martinsville Ind. City, VA (20) Patrick County, VA (43) Pittsylvania County, VA (24) Rockingham County, NC (41) Stokes County, NC (20)  HenryCounty(10) Henry County (10)  FranklinCounty(25) Franklin County (25)  (20) Martinsville (20)  PatrickCounty(43) Patrick County (43)  PittsylvaniaCounty(24) Pittsylvania County (24)  RockinghamCountyNorth Carolina(41) Rockingham County (41)  StokesCounty(20) Stokes County (20)
Martinsville is the county seat for Henry County
Adjacent to Henry County, Virginia
      Franklin County (25)  
      Martinsville (20)  
      Patrick County (43)  
      Pittsylvania County (24)  
      Rockingham County, North Carolina (41)  
      Stokes County, North Carolina (20)  
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1 Virginia, Henry County, Bassett — The Historic John D. Bassett High School
Constructed in 1947-1948 in the town of Bassett in Henry County, Virginia, the school officially opened in 1949. It is an excellent example of a two-story Georgian-Revival style school built after World War II. It is the last school to be . . . Map (db m205768) HM
2 Virginia, Henry County, Chatmoss — A-115 — Chatmoss
Chatmoss was one of about 50 Hairston family plantations in Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi. This vast network encompassed tens of thousands of acres and was worked by thousands of enslaved African Americans. Alcey and Samuel Harden . . . Map (db m104503) HM
3 Virginia, Henry County, Fieldale — A-109 — Waller's Ford
George Waller (1734-1814) and his wife, Anne Winston Waller (1735-1839), established their plantation at Waller’s Ford on the Smith River near here about 1770. George Waller helped establish Henry County, serving as one of its first justices and as . . . Map (db m103819) HM
4 Virginia, Henry County, Laurel Park — U-40 — Patrick Henry’s Leatherwood Home
Once located to the south was Leatherwood, the plantation of Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia and great orator of the American Revolution. Henry is especially famous for his “Liberty or Death” speech made in 1775 in Saint John’s . . . Map (db m104505) HM
5 Virginia, Henry County, Martinsville — A-135 — Belleview
Three miles southwest is Belleview, home of Major John Redd, a pioneer in this section. Redd served in the Indian Wars and in the Revolution, being present at the siege of Yorktown in 1781.Map (db m104510) HM
6 Virginia, Henry County, Ridgeway — Z-220 — Henry County / North Carolina
Henry County. Located in the foothills of southern Virginia, Henry County is named for Patrick Henry (1736-1799), Revolutionary leader and governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Henry lived in the county from 1779 to 1784. The General . . . Map (db m58373) HM
7 Virginia, Henry County, Ridgeway — A-108 — Martinsville Speedway
H. Clay Earles (1913-1999) opened Martinsville Speedway in 1947 with seating for 750. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) first raced here in 1948. Martinsville Speedway was one of eight tracks to host the inaugural 1949 . . . Map (db m7741) HM
8 Virginia, Henry County, Ridgeway — A-57 — William Byrd’s Camp
Near here, on Matrimony Creek, William Byrd pitched his camp, November, 1728, while determining the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line.Map (db m58372) HM
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9 Virginia, Henry County, Stanleytown — A 110 — First Henry County Courthouse
Henry County's first courthouse stood near here, either on the land that became Edgewood or in the area that became Stanleytown. In 1777, the first court of Henry County acquired land from Henry Barksdale and decided to build a courthouse. Completed . . . Map (db m205769) HM
10 Virginia, Henry County, Stanleytown — A-54 — Fort Trial
Fort Trial, constructed in 1756, once stood nearby overlooking the Smith River. It was one in a series of forts authorized by the General Assembly to be built on the frontier to protect settlers from Indians during the French and Indian War. The . . . Map (db m63197) HM
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Oct. 2, 2023