Historian Thomas D. "Tom" Perry is the author of fifteen books on regional history surrounding his home county of Patrick. He writes on neighboring Henry County, Virginia, and the place he now calls home, Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina. In 1990, Perry started the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace in Ararat, Virginia, and recently worked to expand the Bassett HIstorical Center assisting in raising over 1 million dollars over the last twenty years.
From Spencer-Penn to Rives Road: The Life, Times, and Images of Everett M. Bennettby Thomas Perry
Everett M. Bennett grew up in the Penn's Store community of Henry County, Virginia. He graduated from Spencer-Penn High School before joining the U. S. Army and finding himself in occupied Berlin in 1947, where Life Magazine photographer Walter Sanders made him the cover image of the February 10, 1947, Life Magazine. Bennett returned to Martinsville and Henry County before returning to active service Korea. He returned to Martinsville and spent the rest of his life. This book tells his story, the times he lived and the images he saved along the way.
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