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The Bassett Historical Center is the repository for all genealogical research and local history for the counties of Henry and Patrick and the City of Martinsville, VA. Patrons have come from all over the U.S. and 9 foreign countries to view the files housed here. We have:
  • 10,000 family files
  • 3,008 local history files
  • 16,088 genealogy books
  • 995 genealogy files Pilson Collection
  • 131 personal computer genealogy collections
  • Early African-American co-habitation list
  • Local company collections:
    • DuPont, Tultex, Bassett-Walker
    • Blue Ridge Hardware & Supply Co.
    • Bassett Industries, Stanley Newspaper
    • Henry County Plywood, Bassett Pioneer
  • GramophoneEdison Fireside Phonograph With Cygnet Horn and Recording Cylinders
  • Adams Family TreasuresCast Iron Pot, Plaque, Sifter
  • Mourning BonnetBelonged to Laura Emmaline Smith Hill (1847-1925) - Great-Great Grandmother of Pat Ross
  • Cigars 2 for 5 centsHenry County Tobacco Company Distributors in Martinsville, VA
  • Bed Cover by Ruth Hattie Helms WrightMade around 1900: Turner Wright was one of 8 sons and 4 daughters; donated by Ken Foster
  • Handmade Dress From 1855Thread spun, dyed, woven into fabric, and sewn by Leatha Stultz Pace (1827-1913)
  • Congressional Medal of Honor PlusBelonged to Henry County native, Technical Sergeant Robert E. Gerstung, husband of Sallie Kallam from Ridgeway
  • Painting of Patrick HenryPainted in 1969 by Martinsville native Robert Kearfott
  • A Slave's ChairBelonged to Uncle John Burgess
  • Southern Dairies Ice CreamSealtest Item from the late 1940s belonging to Marie G. Clay
Gramophone1 Adams Family Treasures2 Mourning Bonnet3 Cigars 2 for 5 cents4 Bed Cover by Ruth Hattie Helms Wright5 Handmade Dress6 Congressional Medal of Honor Plus7 Painting of Patrick Henry8 A Slave's Chair9 Southern Dairies Ice Cream10
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