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North Danville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

North Danville

 
 
North Danville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
1. North Danville Marker
Inscription. North Danville was established in 1877 as a distinct town across the Dan River from Danville proper. Its first mayor, John T. Keen, was appointed on July 13, 1880. For a brief period in the 1890s, the town went by the name Neapoils before being annexed to Danville in 1896. The Worsham Street bridge once connected North Danville to the city's tobacco warehouse district on the south side of the river, a vital link that was lost when the bridge was demolished in 2009. North Main and Worsham streets, both of which head uphill from the north bank of the river, meet near the North Theater (photos below). When this North Danville landmark opened in 1947 it was the last of the city’s “Main Street” moviehouses.

In contrast to the industrial , commercial and governmental functions clustered across the river, North Danville is a predominantly residential area. A small commercial district occupies three blocks on North Main Street, the main artery through the neighborhood. Victorian-style dwellings line the northern end of the street, which is crossed by side streets containing a variety of houses dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries (examples at right). Architectural styles within the neighborhood include Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Arts and Craft / Bungalow designs.

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The North Theatre across the street from the marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
2. The North Theatre across the street from the marker
Cemetery, originally called North Danville Cemetery and later Neapolis Cemetery, was named after Thomas Jefferson Lee (d. 1887), an early spokesman for the establishment of the Town of North Danville. After the town was formed Lee served as a councilman, a member of numerous committees, and mayor. The cemetery, which borders the northwest corner of the district (see map at left), lies on the east side of Claiborne Street and is bounded by Clement Avenue on the north and First Street on the south.

The North Danville Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 is roughly bounded by North Main, Worsham, Claiborne, Keister, and West James Streets (see map at left). The district contains over 400 historic buildings dating to between circa 1-880 and 1955. Other designated historic districts in Danville include the Tobacco Warehouse and Residential Historic District, Dan River Mills Historic District, Downtown Danville Historic District, Old West End Historic District, and Holbrook-Ross Historic District.

Credits: This interpretive panel was designed by The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, as part of the historic documentation efforts stipulated by the Memorandum of Agreement concerning the demolition of the Worsham Street Bridge. Input was provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation
View of the North Danville Business District image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
3. View of the North Danville Business District
The cream-colored building is labeled the 1905 Capital Lodge No. 52, International Order of Odd Fellows.
(VDOT), the Norfolk District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR), the City of Danville, and the Danville Historical Society. Copies of the historical report and large-format black-and-white photographic documentation are housed with VDOT, VDHR, the Danville Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia.

 
Erected by the Memorandum of Agreement concerning the demolition of the Worsham Street Bridge.
 
Location. 36° 35.74′ N, 79° 23.098′ W. Marker is in North Danville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (Virginia Route 293) and Worsham Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville VA 24540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Delius (within shouting distance of this marker); Wreck of the Old 97 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Worsham Street Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Danville Tobacco Warehouse and Residential District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond & Danville Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond & Danville Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond & Danville Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bloody Monday (approx. 0.7 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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