Henry County

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Formed in January 1777, Henry County was named for the Commonwealth of Virginia's first governor, Patrick Henry, who lived in the county from 1779 until 1784. Located along the border of North Carolina, the county was once home to the famous antebellum Hairston family. In the 20th century, textiles, furniture, and the chemical manufacturer DuPont made up the large industrial base of the county. With the recent outsourcing of jobs, the county has turned to other economic sources such as the Martinsville Speedway, Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the Bassett Historical Center, which provided most of the photographs in this book.
ISBN: 9780738567044
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Thomas D. Perry grew up in neighboring Patrick County. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Perry started the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace in 1990. The nonprofit organization has preserved 75 acres of Stuart property in Ararat, including the housing site where Civil War general James Ewell Brown Stuart was born. Tom is the author of six other books, including The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County Virginia in the Civil War and J. E. B. Stuart's Birthplace: the History of the Laurel Hill Farm. Perry produces a monthly email newsletter about regional history from his website www.freestateofpatrick.com.