Martinsville is an independent city located within the confines of Henry County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 15,416. It is the county seat of Henry County. Martinsville is home to the paper clip-shaped Martinsville Speedway, the shortest track in NASCAR stock car racing (0.526 mi) and also one of the first paved "superspeedways", being built in 1947.
Henry County is a county located in the state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 57,930. Its county seat is Martinsville. The county was formed in 1777 from the western part of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It was originally named Patrick Henry County, for Patrick Henry, who was then serving as the first Governor of Virginia after independence.
Patrick County is a county located in the state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 19,407. Its county seat is Stuart. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,258 km² (486 mi²). 1,251 km² (483 mi²) of it is land and 7 km² (3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.56% water.
Franklin County is a county located in the US state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 47,286. Its county seat is Rocky Mount.The county was formed in 1785 from parts of Bedford County and Henry County. It was named for Benjamin Franklin. This county was home to Booker T. Washington, a slave who became one of the main civil rights activitist of his era. During Prohibition, local wits named Franklin County the "Moonshine Capital of the World," a name trumpeted today by the local chamber of commerce.