Introduction to Martinsville, Virginia
Martinsville was founded by General Joseph Martin who fought in the American Revolutionary War. He had a plantation called "Scuffle Hill," situated on the banks of Smith River, which, at present, falls near the southern limits of the city. In the early years, the primary industry of the area was the manufacture of plug chewing tobacco. The Henry County area went on to acquire a reputation as the "plug tobacco capital of the world."
Martinsville and nearby Attractions
- Martinsville Speedway
- Oak Level Raceway
- Philpott Lake
- Fairy Stone State Park
- Smith Mountain Lake
- Piedmont Arts Association
Things To Do In Martinsville
The Virginia Museum of Natural History is a very interesting place with its scale models of prehistoric creatures, such as the dinosaur and their actual tracks. Racing fans should visit the Martinsville Speedway which hosts NASCAR races. The city’s leisure department regularly organizes a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. The city’s museums, parks, and lakes provide a diverse array of recreational activities.
The Piedmont Triad International Airport is nearby.
Martinsville Higher Education
Patrick Henry Community College is the nearest college. Virginia Western Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are some distance away.