Smokestacks, boarding houses and old namesake clothing. That's all that's remains of the start-up textile industries in Southern Virginia.
But one aspect of the industry still lives, the stories from former employees.
Friday those stories came to life on a new trail in Henry County.
"I was president of Bassett-Walker Incorporated," said Dudley Walker.
Walker could fill volumes about Henry County's highest economic successes.
"One of the companies was started in 1928 by my father and that was named Walker Knitting Company."
The man was once considered a king in the textile world, presiding over three large companies.
"That became one of the largest sweat shirt manufacturers in the world," Walker said.
Bassett-Walker Incorporated expanded following the Depression and eventually Walker became the president of the company in the 1960's after his father died.
He later sold out to a foreign company.
"It's sad to see a situation now where we have to depend on other countries to clothe ourselves," Walker said.
His story and the history of the industry lives on.
"The women's hosiery, the very first pair made in Martinsville were presented to Eleanor Roosevelt," said Jennifer Doss, the Martinsville-Henry County Director of Tourism.
Friday Henry County leaders, and former textile mill employees, cut the ribbon, opening the Textile History Trail in Fieldale, west of Martinsville.
"This particular leg of the trail highlights more than 100 years of textile heritage in our community. It highlights the innovative entrepreneurs that made our community what it is," Doss said.
With a local band serenading the visitors, the walking history lesson begins when textiles were introduced to the region and ends with textile factories still at work.
"The last sign on our trail highlights the modern day industries are still here in Martinsville and Henry County and still employing our residents," Doss said.
The trail points out, towns like Fieldale wouldn't be on the map if it wasn't for the hundreds of people who came to live and work in the factories.
This trail is now part of the Southern Textile Heritage Corridor that runs from Richmond to Alabama.