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Located in South Central Virginia on the North Carolina border, Danville remains one of the most dynamic destinations in the state. The geographic region that is now Danville was home to the Morotock Indians in the 1600s and frequented by traders as early as 1673. It was not until the late 1700s that the Virginia General Assembly was petitioned to establish a Tobacco Inspection Site along the Dan River. On November 23, 1793, the Assembly approved the request and decreed that 25 acres south of the river be founded as the Town of Danville. The city's first cotton mill was constructed in 1828, and five years later the town became the City of Danville. The town served as the last capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and was also the site of the infamous "Wreck of the Old 97"—inspiration for the popular ballad. In the more than 200 years since its founding, Danville's rich history has been driven by tobacco and textile markets.
ISBN: 9780738517339
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In this collection of over 200 archival photographs, Images of America: Danville provides a glimpse of the people, places, and events of days gone by and also poses what the future may hold for the city. Author Todd McGregor Yeatts currently serves as Danville's Assistant City Manager for Government Affairs. Mr. Yeatts, a Danville native, returned to the region following 14 years on active duty as a United States Marine. He continues to serve as a major in the Marine Corps Reserve, and in 2003 he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq for participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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