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Danville City Historical Markers

Map of Virginia State Historical Marker Locations in the City of Danville

Danville City Historical Markers

Danville Churches
Loyal Baptist Church
The Loyal Street Baptist Church congregation, which was organized between 1865 and 1866 on Old Hospital-Dance Hill by former slaves, built its church ... [click for more]

Danville Schools
Schoolfield, established in 1903 as a textile mill village, was named for three brothers who founded Riverside Cotton Mills, later Dan River Mills. By... [click for more]

Stratford College
Stratford College (1930-1974) and its constituent preparatory school, Stratford Hall (1930-1954), maintained the tradition of liberal arts education f... [click for more]

Danville General Interest
750 Main Street--Danville
On this site stood the residence of James E. Schoolfield. In the parlor of his house were held the meetings to organize both Dan River, Inc. on July 2... [click for more]

Bloody Monday
In the spring of 1963 local African American ministers and other leaders organized the Danville Movement to combat widespread racial segregation and d... [click for more]

Confederate Prison No. 6
Constructed in 1855 as a tobacco factory by Major William T. Sutherlin, this renovated structure housed Union prisoners during the Civil War, 1861-186... [click for more]

Danville System
On this site stood Neal's Warehouse where the Danville System of selling tobacco began in 1858. Previously tobacco had been sold by sample from hogshe... [click for more]

Dix’s Ferry
In 1766 John Dix established his ferry approximately three miles south of here on the Dan River. During the American Revolution, in February 1781, the... [click for more]

Frederick Delius--(1862-1934)
One block west on Church Street is the site of the Henry P. Richardson house where Frederick Delius lived while teaching music at Roanoke Female Colle... [click for more]

Holbrook-Ross Historic District
The Holbrook-Ross Historic District, named for two major streets, is significant as the first neighborhood in Danville for African American profession... [click for more]

Last Confederate Capitol
This, the former home of Major W. T. Sutherlin, is regarded as the last capitol of the Confederacy, April 3-10, 1865. Here President Davis stayed and ... [click for more]

Saponi Religious Beliefs Explained
On 12-15 October 1728, Col. William Byrd II and his party camped just west of here while surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary. Bearskin, Byr... [click for more]

The Gibson Girl ~ Lady Astor

Lady Astor

Here stood the home in which Nancy Langhorne, Viscountess Astor, 1879-1964, was born. Built in 1874, the house was move... [click for more]

Wreck of the Old 97
Here, on September 27, 1903, occurred the railroad wreck that inspired the popular ballad, The Wreck of the Old 97. The southbound mail express train ... [click for more]