this romanesque-revival former church was built in 1868. the castellated tower was added in 1891. today this beautiful building is home to the danville preservation resource center. this former church is listed on the national register of historic places.
this italianate mansion with neo-classical elements was built for james penn in 1876. between 1885 and 1903 a tabacco merchant remoldeled the house several times. this beautiful home is listed on the national register of historic places.
the white mill is one of the only remaining dan river textile mills in danville. this 600,000 square foot mill closed in 2001. recently the property has been sold and in the future will become a high tech center. the white mill is worth a look to see a relic of danville's textile manufacturing past.
this antebellum cottage was built for danville's cororner jacob davis in 1853. italianate details were added in 1881 and the two level balustrade in the 1920. this cottage is one of few antebellum homes in downtown danville.
this beautiful brick georgian revival house was built in 1874. the ionic colonnade was added in 1910. this house was once home to tabacco merchant david ayres and later virginia congressman rorer a. james.
stratford college was established in 1880 and was later renamed danville college for young ladies. this beautiful french renaissance building was buit in 1884 and is nicknamed "old main". this former academic building with it's massive neo-classical portico was designed by architect stanhope johnson. stratford college closed in 1974 and today "old main" is the entrance to danville's retirement home.
the mount vernon united methodist church was established by william sutherlin, the owner of the sutherlin mansion which served as the last capitol of the confederacy. this massive high victorian-gothic style church was built in 1885.
the danville welcome center is a good first stop on a visit to danville. at the center you can get information on hotels, restaurants, and the attractions of danville. for those interested in architecture besure to get the victorian walking tour map of the beautiful mansions on "millionaires row" (main street).
the sutherlin mansion was built for major william sutherlin in 1858. during the civil war major sutherlin was a quartermaster for the confederacy. after the fall of richmond confederate president jefferson davis fled to danville and established the third capitol of the confederacy in the sutherlin mansion. the sutherlin mansion was the capitol of the confederacy between april 3 rd and april 10 th 1865. after general robert e. lee's surrender of the army of northern virginia on may 9th president davis and his cabinet left danville for washington georgia. the confederacy was disolved in washington and davis was later captured by union troops near irwinville georgia. (for more information on the last days of the confederacy see my washington and irwinville georgia pages). after their brief brush with history the sutherlin family went on with life. after the civil war major sutherlin served in the virginia state legislature and helped establish virginia tech university. in 1974 the sutherlin mansion became home to the danville museum of fine arts and history. this excellent museum is well worth a stop when in danville. the sutherlin mansion is listed on the national register of historic places.
Don't leave Danville without visiting our MAIN attraction...WALMART!! Walmart has put a damper on every other store in Danville...come see what all the madness is about!
Visit the Radio Grill inside and enjoy a tasty lunch while sitting in the "observation area". This area is designated for you to observe Walmart customers as they are entering and exiting the building. Watch as you catch real live local Danvillians wrestling over the last shopping cart, darting through traffic to reach their parked cars, and laugh as multiple customers unexpectedly set off the shoplighter alarms.
Make sure you leave plenty of room in your schedule for this must-see attraction.
this french renissance chateaux style mansion was built for beverley s. crews in 1891. crews was a veteran of the battle of new market during the civil war.
this beautiful italianate-georgian style mansion was built for r. w. lawson in 1881. the ionic portico was added in 1921.
this italianate home was built for e. j. bell in 1860. the beaux arts portico was added in 1910. this house is one of a few antebellum homes in downtown danville.
this beautiful second empire home was built for banker james jopling in 1890. it's focal point is a three story square domed tower of french reniassance inspiration.
the first presbyterian church was established in 1826. the present neo-classical church was built in 1911. the first presbyterian church is fashioned after the virginia state capitol in richmond.