Welcome to the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, to a place of trout filled rivers, quiet lakes and majestic mountains. With its beautiful location and rich history, Martinsville and Henry County are home to a variety of noteworthy recreational, cultural and historical sites.
Sovah Health - Martinsville is a 237-bed, full service, acute-care community hospital. Memorial Hospital continues to grow and improve its health care services to meet the changing needs of the community. Recent capital improvements include a new $2.7 million MRI, a $1.1 million 16-slice CT scanner and a $1.2 million ambulatory surgery center. The hospital recently completed an expansive renovation project designed to separate inpatient and outpatient services, improve the flow of people in the hospital, and provide more convenient and efficient services to patients. The state-of-the-art Ravenel Oncology Center, affiliated with Duke University, and the Julius Hermes Breast Care Center are recent additions, as well as a Hyperbaric/Wound Care Center and Sleep Lab. Physical Rehabilitation, the Cancer Center, Breast Care Center and ER each have dedicated entrances and the Elective Procedure Services, Laboratory, Radiology, and Cardiopulmonary/Neurophysiology have also been recently renovated.
Martinsville offers ample public and private schools that provide sound educational support from primary through higher education. Local high school graduates attend such outstanding universities as the College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and University of North Carolina. Nearby Patrick Henry Community College is fully accredited and offers a two-year program for those seeking a bachelor’s degree or associate degree, an occupational/technical program for those seeking employment opportunities, and access to bachelor and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University through Teletechnet. Martinsville is the home of The Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Piedmont Arts Association, which is affiliated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and offers a performing arts series, ongoing fine arts exhibits and educational classes.
The area is a haven for fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. The 3,000-acre Philpott Lake boasts an undeveloped shoreline. Smith Mountain Lake has 500 miles of shoreline and offers water activities, lodging, fishing and big boating sports. The Smith River offers some of the best native brown trout fishing in the state. And Fairy Stone State Park offers 4,750 acres of hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, tent sites, RV hookups, cabins and camping lodges. The area has four private golf clubs and two public courses. Other sporting opportunities include the Martinsville Speedway, which hosts two Winston Cup races each year, and the Martinsville Astros, a rookie league affiliate of the Houston Astros. Forty-five minutes west of Martinsville is the Blue Ridge Parkway, ranked “America’s most scenic drive” by leading travel writers, offering 469 toll-free miles of awesome natural beauty and pioneer history.