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Danville Things to Do

  • 767 main

    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.

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  • 802 main

    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.

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  • 862 main

    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.

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  • the white mill

    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.

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  • 811 main street

    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.

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  • 782 main

    this beautiful italianate-georgian style mansion was built for r. w. lawson in 1881. the ionic portico was added in 1921.

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  • 904 main

    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.

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  • 918 main

    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.

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  • first presbyterian church

    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.

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  • 968 main street

    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.

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  • "old main"

    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...

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  • kennedy hall

    this beautiful neo-classical revival mansion was designed and built by architect harry pearson in 1904.

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  • mount vernon united methodist church

    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.

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  • danville welcome center

    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).

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  • sutherlin mansion

    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...

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Danville Restaurants

  • Don't Miss the Radio Grill!

    Well, it's a Walmart restaurant so don't get too excited about it....but the entertainment while you eat is pretty interesting.... water

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  • Best Italian within 50 miles of Danville

    Being an Italian & Wine Connoisseur, I highlysuggest this hidden Danville treasure. Located in the Riverside Shopping Centre and owned and operated by TRUE Italian's with 4 star chef credentials this is a placeyou have got to try!!!!Dress is casual, I've even worn shorts on occasions. The Entire Menu is Great!!!!Look for nightly specials on board...

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Danville Nightlife

  • Local, Live Music -- Great for teens

    The Temple is the only place in Danville where teens and college-aged kids can hang out and listen to live punk and metal. Local bands are always on the playlist. It's for all ages and they don't serve anything stronger than Mt. Dew. In fact, all they serve are soft drinks and bottled water. There's no smoking inside.The Temple hosts bands on...

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  • All Nighters

    Walmart is one of the few places in Danville that is open past 9:00pm and guess what??? It is even open all night!! Come to Walmart and enjoy the people-watching festivities. There SHOULD be a dress requirement... and you'll see what I'm talking about if you sit there long enough.

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Danville Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk along the beautiful Dan River

    Cross over the Dan on an old railroad bridge then follow along side the flowing river on a paved walking trial that is over 3 miles long. There are bathrooms and a park along the way. You can walk or ride bikes. It is beautifaul and relaxing

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  • Southern Wine

    Tomahawk Mills Winery and Vineyard is located near Chatham, VA. They produce a variety of libations ranging from red wine to mead. The owners converted a old water powered grist mill into their store front for the winery. The drive to the winery has scenic rolling hills and farmlands.

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Danville Sports & Outdoors

  • by JLeon Written Aug 3, 2006

    Danville has over 12 miles of walking trails that follow the river from downtown to the sports complex of semi-pro baseball to softball, soccer, etc. Near the ball field is a mountain bike trail of several miles and also boat docks for launching boats to fish for land locked stripped bass.

    Equipment: Good pair walking shoes, fishing poles

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    by RhondaW Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. It is the Last Capital of the Confederacy and our claim to fame. As the last days of the Confederate States of America drew to a close, the capital was moved from Richmond which was under seige, to Danville. President Jefferson Davis received word of the surrender at Appomattox while governing from The Sutherlin Mansion in Danville. It is now the museum of Fine Arts and of course History. The gift shop has many interesting historical replicas of games toys etc.

    Fondest memory: Of course, my children were born here. Other than that, The Dan River, the town is built around it. You can't go far with out crossing the Dan. Two Dams and the leftovers of the hydroelectric plant that brought electricity to Danville.
    Here is a Picture of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.

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