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Martinsville, Virginia: 21-Foot-High Mission Chair

Made of metal that resembles wood, this giant chair is a replica of a Mission chair. Unveiled Dec. 2020, it replaced a wooden 20-footer built in 2002 by Bassett Furniture for its 100th birthday.

100 E. Church St., Martinsville, VA
Uptown, on the south side of E. Church St. (one way) just east of Broad St.
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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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