Martinsville Area Profile
With over 20 public schools, several private schools, and hundreds of dedicated teachers, the area offers outstanding educational opportunities to our elementary and secondary school students. The high school curricula varies from college preparatory to vocational studies.
Our high school graduates are attending such outstanding universities as Wake Forest, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, which are all within a three hour drive.
Located in Henry County, Patrick Henry Community College is fully accredited and offers a two-year program for those seeking a bachelor's degree or an associate degree as well as occupational/technical programs for those seeking employment. PHCC provides access to bachelor's and master's degrees from Old Dominion University through Teletechnet.
Parks and Recreation
Area recreation departments and private organizations offer extensive youth and adult athletic programs from soccer to swimming and camping to baseball.
Philpott Lake offers excellent sporting activities for the entire family and boasts an undeveloped shoreline.
Smith Mountain Lake, 500 miles of shoreline, offers all water activities, lodging, fishing and big boating sports.
Fairy Stone State Park offers 4,750 acres of picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. Tent sites, recreational vehicle hookups, and cabins or camping lodges make overnight stays a pleasant experience for the entire family.
The Smith River offers some of the best Native Brown Trout fishing in the state. Truly a fisherman's paradise. The river runs from northern Henry County through Fairy Stone State Park and Philpott Lake.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, ranked "America's most scenic drive" by leading travel writers, offers 469 toll-free miles of awesome natural beauty with pioneer history. It is located 45 minutes west of Martinsville.
Martinsville is home to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway twice each year. Martinsville is also home to the 1999 Appalachian League Champion Martinsville Astros, a rookie league affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The Martinsville and Henry County YMCA
Built in 1990, the facility features an Olympic-size pool, basketball and racquetball courts, walking track, Nautilus equipment and a weight room. It offers a variety of classes for the entire family.
Golf and Tennis
The area has four private golf and tennis clubs and two public golf courses. The golf courses offer any handicapper a great challenge in beautiful setting.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History displays dinosaurs, Virginia animals, fossils, archeology, rocks and shell life. The museum sponsors two annual festivals.
The Piedmont Arts Association, a distinguishing feature of the Martinsville-Henry County area, offers fine arts, exhibits, performing arts and educational opportunities. In addition, they sponsor many cultural events.
Explore Martinsville-Henry County on the Internet
Chamber of Commerce - www.neocomm.net/~mhccoc
City of Martinsville - www.ci.martinsville.va.us
Martinsville Speedway - www.martinsvillespeedway.com
Virginia Museum of Natural History - www.vmnh.org
Piedmont Arts Association - www.PiedmontArts.org
Patrick Henry Community College - www.ph.cc.va.us