Nestled among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Virginia, Martinsville and Henry County is a unique community with a rich history, beautiful outdoros and an array of artistic and cultural entertainment. Home to Nascar's famous Martinsville Speedway, the Smithsonian-affiliated Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the pristine waters of Philpott Lake and the Smith River, Martinsville and Henry County is a great place to live, learn, play and work.
Located in the heart of Martinsville, Sovah Health - Martinsville is a 223-bed, acute care facility that provides medical services to the people of Henry County and surrounding areas. A healthcare leader in the community, the hospital offers a host of services including: 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management.
Sovah Health - Martinsville is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Cancer, as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Sovah Health - Martinsville’s Ravenel Oncology Center recently underwent a major renovation in 2014, which included extensive remodeling and facility upgrades. In August 2016, Ravenel Oncology Center will welcome a new $6M linear accelerator for the radiation oncology program.
Founded in the late eighteenth century, Martinsville is named for American Revolutionary War General and explorer Joseph Martin, an early settler in teh aera. General Martin was close friends with revolutionary patriot Patrick Henry, who lived nearby at Leatherwood Planataion and for whom Henry County and nearby Patrick County are named. Martinsville and Henry County once thrived on tobacco, furniture and textile production, but today has repositioned itself as a hub for technology development and advanced manufacturing. Residents of Martinsville and Henry County enjoy the perks of small town life including a low cost of living, with quick access to big city amenities in nearby Roanoke, VA and the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina.
Located along the southern border of Virginia, Martinsville is within an hour's drive of Roanoke, VA (fifty miles north), Greensboro, NC (forty miles south), High Point, NC (fifty miles south), and Winston-Salem, NC (fifty miles southwest). A thirty minute drive from the southern borth of Henry County, the Piedmont Triad Internaitonal Airport, located in Greensboro, makes air travel convenient. In addition to this major commercial airport, Martinsville and Henry County also offers a regional executive airport, Blue Ridge Regional Airport.
Home to Fairystone State Park, Philpott Lake and the Smith River, Martinsville and Henry County offers numerous recreational opportunities, including boating, swimming, picknicking, hiking, biking, hunting and wildlife observation. Fly fisherman and kayakers flock to the cool waters of the Smith River which bisects Henry County, winding from Philpott Lake down to the North Carolina border. Known at the Smith River Trail System, this network includes a scenic blueway with 10 river access points and more than 20 miles of greenway, and is renowned for its native brown trout. The Smith River Sports Complex is a ninety-acre multi-use sports complex composed of grass and synthetic fields for football, soccer, field hockey and other sports, as well as a driving range, water slide, playground, walking and hiking trails, access point to the Smith River and much more.
Martinsville is home to Nascar's oldest and shortest track, the legendary Martinsville Speedway. Because of the track's small size, tight corners and unique shape - often described as a paperclip - Martinsville Speedway offers some of the most exciting racing in the sport. Sovah Health - Martinsville is proud to be the official healthcare provider for the Martinsville Speedway, providing care to the drivers, crew and fans at both Sprint Cup series races.
The Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of Henry County provide the backdrop for the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, a scene highway connecting the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. This region offers wonderful outdoor opportunities including fishing, hiking, cycling and camping.