Henry County, Virginia
Seal of Henry County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Henry County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1777
Seat Martinsville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

384 sq mi (995 km²)
382 sq mi (989 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.53%
 -  Density

150/sq mi (58/km²)

Virginia state historical marker for Henry County

Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of 2009, the population was 53,795.[1] The county seat is Martinsville.

Henry County is part of the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Greenwood, built by Col. Joseph Martin, son of General Joseph Martin, namesake of Martinsville, at Axton, Henry County, 1808–1810

The county was established in 1777 when it was carved from Pittsylvania County. The new county was initially named Patrick Henry County in honor of Patrick Henry, who was then serving as the first Governor of Virginia after independence. Living on his 10,000-acre (40 km2) plantation called Leatherwood, Gov. Henry was a sometime resident of the county, where he had relatives already settled.[2][3][4]

Major John Redd, Continental Army, pioneer settler of Henry County

In 1785 the northern part of Patrick Henry County was combined with part of Bedford County to form Franklin County. In 1790, Patrick Henry County was split into two counties, the western part becoming Patrick County and the rest becoming Henry County.

Other notable early settlers of Henry County include Colonel George Waller,[5] Captain George Hairston and Major John Redd,[6] all of whom were present at the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown; Col. Abraham Penn, a native of Amherst County, Virginia, who led his Henry County militia troops with the intention of joining General Nathaniel Greene at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse during the Revolutionary War;[7] and Brigadier General Joseph Martin, for whom Martinsville is named.[8] Also prominent were Mordecai Hord, a native of Louisa County and prominent early explorer, who lived on his plantation called Hordsville;[9] and Col. John Dillard, born in Amherst County, Virginia in 1751, wounded at the Battle of Princeton during the Revolution, and later a member of the Committee of Safety and a colonel in the Virginia forces.

In 1902, the Henry County Historical Society was incorporated at Martinsville with its first officers being John W. Carter, J. Harrison Spencer and C. B. Bryant.[10]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (994.6 km2), of which 382 square miles (989.4 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.53%) is water.


The county is divided into six supervisor districts: Bassett, Blackberry, Collinsville, Horsepasture, Iriswood, Reed Creek, and Ridgeway.

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 8,479
1800 5,259 −38.0%
1810 5,611 6.7%
1820 5,624 0.2%
1830 7,100 26.2%
1840 7,335 3.3%
1850 8,872 21.0%
1860 12,105 36.4%
1870 12,303 1.6%
1880 16,009 30.1%
1890 18,208 13.7%
1900 19,265 5.8%
1910 18,459 −4.2%
1920 20,238 9.6%
1930 20,088 −0.7%
1940 26,481 31.8%
1950 31,219 17.9%
1960 40,335 29.2%
1970 50,901 26.2%
1980 57,654 13.3%
1990 56,942 −1.2%
2000 57,930 1.7%
2010 54,151 −6.5%

View of the Smith River from bridge at Fieldale, Henry County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 57,930 people, 23,910 households, and 16,952 families residing in the county. The population density was 152 people per square mile (58/km²). There were 25,921 housing units at an average density of 68 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.47% White, 10% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,910 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,816, and the median income for a family was $38,649. Males had a median income of $26,660 versus $20,766 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,110. About 8.80% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.



  • Ridgeway

Unincorporated communities[]

Virginia state historic marker for plantation of Patrick Henry, county's namesake, Leatherwood, Henry County

  • Axton
  • Bassett
  • Chatmoss
  • Collinsville
  • Fieldale
  • Horsepasture
  • Laurel Park
  • Oak Level
  • Sandy Level
  • Spencer
  • Stanleytown
  • Villa Heights

As an independent city since 1928, Martinsville is not part of Henry County, but exists as an enclave, surrounded by the county.

See also[]

  • Henry County Sheriff's Office
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Henry County, Virginia


External links[]

Template:Henry County, Virginia

Coordinates: 36°40′N 79°53′W / 36.67, -79.88

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