Martinsville : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Martinsville

Martinsville is a city located in southern Virginia, just a few miles from the North Carolina border, and has a diverse population of about 13,000. The small town was named after American Revolutionary War General Joseph Martin, and is the county seat of Henry County, named after patriot Patrick Henry who lived here for a short time. In the early years, the city thrived as the plug chewing tobacco capital of the world, and later as a furniture and textile producer. Since the 1990’s the town has been undergoing changes and repositioning itself as a center for technology and manufacturing. Two colleges are located here which include Patrick Henry Community College, and The New College Institute that offers education facilities for students, businesses and the community. Photo of A View of Main St. in uptown Martinsville, courtesy of Wikipedia and Sleddog116; photo of Front and eastern side of the John Waddey Carter House, Built in 1896, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, courtesy of Wikipedia and Nyttend; photo of the Martinsville Fish Dam, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, courtesy of Wikipedia and MarmadukePercy,Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Martinsville and Home Prices

Housing costs are low in Martinsville, with Zillow reporting the median home value to be $77,188 in late 2020.

What Is Special about Martinsville

The small, historic town is home to many parks, trails, and is part of the Smith River Trail System which includes a scenic blueway with 10 river access points and 20 miles of greenway. The Virginia Museum of Natural History is located here as are two schools of higher education, and the Martinsville Speedway which hosts a couple of NASCAR races each year. The Martinsville Mustangs is a collegiate summer baseball league that has played here since 2005.

What Is Not Special about Martinsville

Martinsville is a little bit isolated with the nearest city (Greensboro, NC) about 45 miles away, Roanoke is 55 miles away. The nearest large airport is in Raleigh, about 95 miles away.

Who Will Like Retirement in Martinsville

Retirees who want to live in a historical area with a low cost of living and enjoy hiking, fishing, and kayaking may enjoy living here. There is a library, hospital, many parks, a senior center and regional transportation. The New College Institute offers LIFE a program for active adults (Learning Is ForEver) with various learning opportunities.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is driven by furniture and textile manufacturing.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 35 degrees, and July's average is 75 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several restaurants in Martinsville. The cultural scene includes the Virgina Museum of Natural History, The Piedmont Arts Association, and historical districts. The New College Institute offers classes, and sporting events are provided by the Martinsville Mustangs collegiate baseball and by the Martinsville Speedway.


The crime rate is higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

There is a hospital located here.


The Piedmont Area Regional Transit (PART) provides a fixed route system through parts of Martinsville and Henry County. There is an airport i Greensboro, NC or in Roanoke, VA, both about 50 miles away, a larger international airport is in Raleigh about 100 miles away.

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