Nestled mid-way across Virginia just above North Carolina,
very conservative socially and politically, Danville is flavored
with a small town atmosphere. Convenient to several major markets,
Raleigh-Durham is 1.5 hours south, Roanoke 1.5 hours west, Lynchburg
and Charlottesville 1 and 2 hours north. Greensboro's international
airport is 45 minutes south and Danville Municipal offers daily
flights. The city is bisected north-south by US 29, east-west
by US 58 and encompassed by Pittsylvania County. Regional
Danville offers a multitude of special reasons to locate here:
with our low taxes, pleasant weather, good medical facilities
and low crime rate, we have a great place to both live and raise
At our 200th Anniversary we marked several historical events.
As the last Capitol of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis held
his final Cabinet meeting in what is now our Museum of Art ...
the famous "Wreck of the Old 97", celebrated in song,
occurred here ... Lady Astor, first woman member of Parliament
and known for her verbal sparring with Winston Churchill was
born here. A section on downtown Main Street known as "Millionaire's
Row" constitutes one of the South's finest assemblages of
Victorian architecture and stands testimony to our rich heritage.
Today, Danville and nearby
Pittsylvania County is a thriving area of about 100,000 people.
The primary economic base for over a century-- tobacco and textiles--
is now diversified by Goodyear, Nestle, Corning, Owens Brockway
This influx of companies brings many new families and they
find it exceptional: housing dollars stretch further than anywhere
else in Virginia. The average home, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick
ranch with basement, sells for about $94,000 ... with real estate
taxes of about $700 a year, most families enjoy a big jump in
lifestyle! With our low cost of living, the median family income
of just over $31,500 a year goes a long way. **Salary
Textiles continue to be important: world famous Dan River
Mills, Inc. is headquartered here.
Until recently, each summer up to a million dollars a day
changed hands as fast-talking auctioneers and keen-eyed buyers
conducted a practice that changed very little since the auction
system was started in Danville in 1858. Today tobacco is sold
by contract direct to tobacco companies and farmers here are
starting to replace the gold leaf with other crops.
Even our weather is pleasant-- the "lee effect"
of the mountains shelters us so we do not endure the extremes
of other areas and thus enjoy four seasons. Most winters are
relatively short and any snowfall quickly disappears.
Area high school graduates represent us at almost every major
college and university while local Averett
College offers 35 undergraduate (including aviation) and
graduate majors. Danville Community
College also offers programs ranging from industrial work
to college transfer.
Danville Regional Medical Center has a School of Professional
Nursing, 350 beds and ministers to the entire medical spectrum
with the help of 160 physicians. Helo medevac flights link us
to hospitals throughout Virginia and North Carolina-- among them
the well known institutions of Duke, Bowman Gray, MCV and UVa.
With over 200 of them, the Danville is known as "The
City of Churches." It is said that one should never schedule
meetings on Wednesday night because everyone is at church! On
a historical note, the worldwide practice of decorating evergreens
with handmade symbols of Jesus, known as
Chrismon, originated here.
Want sports and recreation? Nearby Buggs Island is one of
the best bass lakes on the East Coast ... trout streams bubble
throughout the area ... our undeveloped land offers great hunting
... mountains, skiing are just west... Virginia Beach 3.5 hours
east ... we have a brand new recreational park that the Danville
Braves call home...and the NBA's Charlotte
Bobcats , NFL's Charlotte Panthers
and NHL's Charlotte Hurricanes
are two hours south!
The best part of us, however, is our people, who are the nicest
and friendliest you will find ... and they are for real. Patriotism
abounds here and people are quite self sufficient. If you have
a small town background, you'll find we have values like yours.
The only real differences here are the accents and the nice weather!
"Come on down" and find out for yourself
why Danville, Virginia is one of America's best kept