Live, Shop, Stop and Play

The All-America City of Reidsville’s slogan, “Live Simply. Think Big,” mirrors life in this beautiful historic small town. Located in beautiful Rockingham County and incorporated in 1873, the City named after Governor David Settle Reid was built on a strong tobacco heritage.  While tobacco no longer drives the economy today, its historic value can be seen throughout the community.  In 2008, Reidsville was awarded the National Civic League’s coveted designation of “All-America City” for its humanitarian projects.  This has instilled a civic pride that can be seen in the growth of the area.

Reidsville Farmers MarketCity leaders recognize our economy is changing and strive to create an area for small business growth. This is apparent in the revitalization of our historic downtown. In 2009, the City opened Market Square, a beautiful park and amphitheater located in the heart of downtown. This venue not only houses the local Farmer’s Market  featuring regional farmers and artisans and is in operation on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but also serves as an entertainment center for the local community and beyond.  Each month April through September, national, local and regional artists can be found performing here. These events are designed to provide the community with diverse entertainment not usually associated with a small city.  This venue not only entertains our local community but also brings many people from outside the area into downtown.  Once there, one can’t help but find the downtown a beautiful and unique place to shop.  Specialty stores abound and the merchants take pride in what they offer.  Reidsville is fast becoming the place for entrepreneurs to open their doors for business, and for folks to come “play”. 

Car Show at Downtown FestivalThe Reidsville Downtown Corporation (RDC) holds monthly events, such as the Cruise-In featuring classic cars and 50’s entertainment and nightly themed shopping events during holiday weekends or special local events. The City of Reidsville and the RDC organize one of the County’s largest festivals, the Reidsville Fall Jubilee, the third Saturday in October.  Festival entertainment offers a variety of artists from Bluegrass, Beach, Country, Motown and Rock to take the stage at Market Square. This event brings in over 200 vendors and 500 classic cars from across the Southeast. Truly a weekend of Homemade, Hometown and Homegrown Fun!

The City also recognizes the importance of recreation and quality of life in the community.  The Penn House, a gorgeous historic home built by Lucky Strike Cigarette inventor Charles Penn now owned by the City, is the backdrop to weddings and events every weekend and hosts functions for the business community. Lake Reidsville is another beautiful “playground” in Reidsville. This 725-acre lake offers, boating, skiing, camping and fantastic fishing, canoeing and bird watching.  It also houses a championship disc golf course, built in 2007 and designed by Russell Schwartz of Innova Disc Golf. The City is also home to nine neighborhood parks and several ball fields, including Jaycee Ballpark, which was recently revamped by the City.  Greenway trails throughout the City offer our citizens a place to exercise and enjoy nature.  Our senior citizens enjoy a facility certified as a “Center of Excellence” by the State, which provides them with fun and educational activities. Currently under construction, slated to open by the fall of 2016, is a new Senior Center on Washington Avenue, which will include space dedicated for lease to the Aging, Disability & Transit Services of Rockingham County (ADTS) for an adult daycare facility.

The Reidsville Industrial Park, considered one of the premier locations in the State of North Carolina, is an ideally situated 400-acre park located on NC Highway 87, one mile from Highway 29.  The park has more than 271 acres of developable property with lots ranging from 3 to 42 acres. Located in the park to date are Alcan, etc. All of this, along with our beautiful residential areas, quality housing, deeply rooted small town values, business opportunities, and caring citizens, shows Reidsville “Lives Simply and Thinks Big”, making it a fantastic place to live, shop, stop and play. 

For more information about the marketing of Reidsville, contact Judy Yarbrough 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci.reidsville.nc.us