William T Sutherlin Mansion

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William T Sutherlin Mansion
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Sutherlin Mansion, May 2010
William T Sutherlin Mansion is located in Virginia
William T Sutherlin Mansion
William T Sutherlin Mansion is located in the US
William T Sutherlin Mansion
Location 975 Main St., Danville, Virginia
Coordinates 36°34′51″N 79°24′1″W / 36.58083°N 79.40028°W / 36.58083; -79.40028Coordinates: 36°34′51″N 79°24′1″W / 36.58083°N 79.40028°W / 36.58083; -79.40028
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1857 (1857)-1858
Architectural style Italian Villa
Website danvillemuseum.org
NRHP reference # 69000338[1]
VLR # 108-0006
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 12, 1969
Designated VLR May 13, 1969[2]

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, also known as the William T Sutherlin Mansion and the Confederate Memorial, is a historic home and museum building located at Danville, Virginia. It was built for Major William T. Sutherlin in 1857-1858, and is a two-story, five-bay, stuccoed building in the Italian Villa style. It features a one-story wooden porch, a shallow hipped roof surrounded by a heavy bracketed cornice and topped by a square cupola ornamented with pilasters and a bracketed cornice.

While at the house, which served as his temporary residence from April 3 to April 10, 1865, on April 4, President Jefferson Davis signed his last official proclamation as President of the Confederate States of America. On April 10, Davis was at dinner at the house when he learned of the surrender at Appomattox.[3]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.[1] It is located in the Danville Historic District.

The house is owned by the city and was used as the Danville Public Library from 1928 to 1972.[4]


Established in 1974, the museum focuses on art, history, and culture in the Dan River region. Exhibits include the historic home itself with period furnishings, five art galleries, and a permanent Civil War exhibit.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (June 1969). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Danville Public Library" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ "About us". Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 

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