The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Board of Directors held its first meeting of its new year at Beaver Creek Plantation on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Officers serving another term include President John Phillips, Vice President Bob Tuggle, Secretary Joyce Staples, and Treasurer W. C. Fowlkes. Phillips and Ann Martin began their second three-year terms. Brandon Martin began his first term. Others serving on the Board include Mike Bass, Andy Doss, Joshua Duncan, Zack Fleming, Virginia King, Jarred Marlowe, and Mary Beth Noonan.
Brandon Martin is Henry County’s Public Relations and Community Liaison. He graduated from Martinsville High School in 2010 and East Tennessee State University in 2013. He served in the U. S. Navy for five years, completing tours as a communications specialist at the recruiting headquarters and aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Indo-Pacific region.
The mission of the Historical Society is to promote an interest in the broad spectrum of history with emphasis on that of Martinsville and Henry County; to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available material relating to that history; to sponsor research and publications in the field of regional history; and to provide educational services to people and institutions through-out the area. Organized in 1996, the group fulfills its mission by presenting to others the rich history of the area; collecting and transcribing oral histories; collecting and publishing stories about our past; managing a collection of artifacts; promoting local heritage tourism; and being the caretaker of and repurposing the restored Historic Henry County Courthouse.
The Historical Society operates the Heritage Center & Museum at 1 East Main Street, Martinsville, Tuesdays-Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Its corporate sponsors are Carter Bank & Trust and The Lester Group. Please follow the Historical Society on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MHCHeritageMuseum and YouTube.