Martinsville, Virginia: 20-Foot-Tall Mission Chair (Missing)

Made of real wood, this giant chair is an exact replica of a Mission chair. Built in 2002 by Bassett Furniture for its 100th birthday, it toured the country for years before being given to Martinsville in 2009. In 2013 it disappeared, undergoing repairs and maintenance at Bassett.
Address:
134 E. Church St., Martinsville, VA
Directions:
Uptown, on the south side of E. Church St. (one way) just east of Broad St.
Hours:
May 2013: Removed for maintenance, return TBD.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Large Wooden Chair - Industry of Yesteryear

Martinsville in its heyday was home to a number of furniture and textile factories. Bassett Virginia, home of Bassett, and Stanley furniture was 10 minutes up the road. Martinsville had Pulaski, Hooker, Lane, and an abundance of factories. When NAFTA hit our area, our textiles went south and our furniture sold out to China.

As a reminder of what the town used to be known for, uptown Martinsville has in a free parking lot a really huge chair, about 2-stories high (guessing).

We are also known for our Martinsville Speedway, home of Nascar racing...

[Lisa Crockett, 02/16/2012]

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