Danville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gibson Girl / Lady Astor
The Gibson Girl. Here stood the residence in which Irene Langhorne Gibson, 1873-1956 was born. Built in 1874, the house was moved in 1921 from its original Main Street corner to 117 Broad Street. Irene's beauty, charm, and vivacity captivated the artist Charles Dana Gibson who, following their marriage in 1895, cast his celebrated, style-setting "Gibson Girl" illustrations in her image.
Lady Astor. Here stood the residence in which Nancy Langhorne, Viscountess Astor, 1879-1964, was born. Built in 1874, the house was moved in 1921 from its original Main Street corner to 117 Broad Street. Lady Astor, noted for her wit, advocacy of Women's Rights, strong views on temperance, and articulate affection for her native state, was the first woman to sit, 1919-1945, in the British House of Commons.
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-32.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights Women. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 36° 34.794′ N, 79° 24.176′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street and Main Street (Virginia Route 293), on the right when traveling south on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Lady Astor Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Langhorne House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stratford College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederick Delius (about 300 feet away); Holbrook-Ross Historic District (about 800 feet away); Last Confederate Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sutherlin House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sutherlin Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,174 times since then and 172 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week November 27, 2016. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5. submitted on December 7, 2015. 6. submitted on December 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.