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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.
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…
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 Churc…
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 a…
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 s…
Near here, on Matrimony Creek, William Byrd pitched his camp, November, 1728, while determining the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line.
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 se…