Location within Les Sources RCM.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||Michel Plourde|
|• Federal riding||Richmond—Arthabaska|
|• Prov. riding||Richmond|
|• Total||153.60 km2 (59.31 sq mi)|
|• Land||152.29 km2 (58.80 sq mi)|
|• Density||26.7/km2 (69/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||0.7%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Highways|| Route 116 |
Danville is on a stretch of the Chemin Craig, a road built in the 19th century connecting Quebec to New England. The town is about 70 miles (110 km) north of the Vermont border. American loyalists from New England began arriving in 1783 and gave the town its name in memory of their hometown in Vermont of the same name: Danville, Vermont. The founder of Danville was Simeon Flint, who was a resident from Danville, Vermont.
There are many heritage buildings, including three Protestant churches (Christian Adventist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Canada), two Anglican churches, an Evangelical Baptist church and a Roman Catholic church. The Presbyterian church has been retrofitted into a four-star restaurant, and the Christian Advent church has been a private residence since 2007, following its closing in 2006. The Catholic church was erected in 2003, following the 2001 loss by fire of the earlier church erected in 1891. The current United church was completed in 1875 for a Congregational parish and is the oldest church in the town. One of the two Anglican Church of England churches is located on a historic site on the countryside, near the border of the Shipton Township, Denison Mills.
At the centre of the city is a square formed by the enlargement of an intersection. A memorial for soldiers killed in the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korea War is in the centre of the square. Another memorial, to Private Timothy O'Hea, a recipient of the Victoria Cross, is erected in front of the former City Hall.
Once a busy town inhabited by workers of the nearby Johns Manville asbestos mine, the town has quieted down considerably since the mine's closing. A magnesium smelter named Magnola, part of Noranda, using mine tailings from local asbestos mine, was set up in the town for a short time, but it ended up closing due to increasing foreign competition. The bucolic rolling fields in the area are good for farming, with many farms having been around for over a century. Both dairy and beef cattle are raised in the area although other livestock are also common.
Each year, the town has an art symposium in which artists from the area gather in the town's many churches and display their artwork.
Notable historical residents
- Daniel Johnson, Sr - Premier of Quebec from 1966 until his death in 1968
- Seth Penn Leet - lawyer
- Mack Sennett, is born here. He is one of the biggest film maker in Hollywood and the first to give a job to Charlie Chaplin.
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