“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Danville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Andrew Jackson Montague

Andrew Jackson Montague Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, December 13, 2008
1. Andrew Jackson Montague Marker
Inscription.  This house was built in 1891 as the home of Andrew Jackson “Jack” Montague, 1862-1937, Governor of Virginia, 1902-1906. During his residence in Danville, Mr. Montague established himself as a lawyer, U.S. District Attorney, orator, and political campaigner, whose talents led to his election in 1897 as Virginia’s Attorney General and then as governor.
Erected 1978 by City Council of Danville. (Marker Number D 1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 36° 34.726′ N, 79° 24.518′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Virginia Route 293) and Mount Vernon Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 249 W Main Street, Danville VA 24541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The A.J. Montague House (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting
Andrew Jackson Montague Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, December 13, 2008
2. Andrew Jackson Montague Marker
View is looking east along Main Street. Mount Vernon United Methodist Church can be seen in the background.
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distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Averett University (approx. ¼ mile away); Frederick Delius (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stratford College (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Langhorne House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lady Astor Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
More about this marker. This marker is not an official Commonwealth of Virginia historical marker, despite it’s shape, and is not on the list published by the Department of Historic Resources online. DHR's D-1 marker is in Dayton.
Regarding Andrew Jackson Montague. The Governor Monteque House is a Queen Anne frame mansion having an asymmetrical front ornamented with a variety of wooden details. These include the shingled gables, sawn and turned gable ornaments, bracketed cornice and the rich carving in the porch pediment. With its complex geometry, the house is an important visual element on a conspicuous corner of West Main Street. The Monteque house also marks the western most boundary of the Old West End Historic District.

The meteoric rise to power of its first owner, Andrew Jackson Montague signified its place in history, complete with an historical highway marker to prove the point. Following the War Between the States, Danville was a tobacco and textile boom town,
The Andrew Jackson Montague House image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2021
3. The Andrew Jackson Montague House
mecca for such men as the Dibrell Brothers who relocated here from Richmond; and the Schoolfield brothers who moved here from Horsepasture in Henry County, VA. Respectively, they founded the tobaco brokerage house Dibrell Brothers, Inc. and Dan River, Inc., a world leader in textiles. Similarly, rather than return to his native King and Queen County (VA) following law school, young Jack Mongague chose Danville to launch his legal career in 1885. While he and his family lived in this house, he ran successfully in 1897 for Attorney General of Virginia. That position propelled him to the Govenor's mansion five years later.
Pediments on the Montague House image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, December 13, 2008
4. Pediments on the Montague House
The house has shingled gables and turned ornaments, bracketed cornices and rich carving on the porch pediment, all of which attest to its architectural importance as a Queen Anne style structure.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,032 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4. submitted on December 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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