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Website: www.danvillemuseum.org

Danville Museum Of Fine Arts & History

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is located in the Sutherlin Mansion on Millionaires' Row in Danville, Virginia. Built in 1859 for a leading citizen, Major William T. Sutherlin, the house has become well known as the temporary residence, April 3-10, 1865, of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In this house, Davis authored his last official proclamation as president of the Confederacy. The government remained in Danville until receiving the news of Lee's surrender at Appomattox on April 10. Largely because of events documented in this house during the Confederacy's final week, Danville has become known as the "Last Capital of the Confederacy."

At the time of its construction, the Sutherlins' home was considered the grandest in Danville. It was situated on four acres of land with several outbuildings: a kitchen, servants' quarters, a carriage house, greenhouse and stable.
By 1912 the acreage had been reduced to approximately one and the outbuildings had been removed. The house was used as the Danville Public Library from 1928 - 1972.� The library added wings to the main building in 1934 and 1950. The site has been designated as a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History offers a wide variety of exhibitions, classes, workshops, camps, and educational programs. The museum is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and is a designated site of the Virginia Civil War Trails and Time Travelers programs.

Permanent Collection

Lucile Walton

Lucile Walton was a beloved teacher and much admired painter, whose reputation for wildflower
and botanical watercolors extended far beyond Danville, Virginia.

Graduating with a B.S. degree from Longwood College where her emphasis was on art and
chemistry, Walton later studied landscape architecture at Harvard and biology at Duke University.
The highlight of her educational career took place at Mountain Lake Station at
the University of Virginia, where she received a Masters Degree.

Between 1930 and the late 1970s, Walton spent thirty-eight summers at Mountain Lake
Biological Center in Giles County where she and her sister Peggy worked on science-
related projects. Walton collaborated with Dr. Ivey Lewis at the University of Virginia on
the study of plant galls. From this study, three articles were published in The Journal of
the American Medical Association.

While at Mountain Lake, Walton began illustrating articles for University of Virginia
professors. For eleven years she illustrated a wildflower column in Virginia Wildlife with
some of her drawings and paintings appearing on the cover of that magazine. After her
sister’s death, Walton endowed the Walton Scholarship Fund for scholarships for students
attending the Mountain Lake Biological Station during the summer sessions.

Walton taught science and art at George Washington High School for forty-four years. She
is remembered to this day by generations of students, who loved her not only for her
idiosyncrasies as a teacher, but for the encouragement that she gave them. Many of her
students became successful artists, art teachers, graphic designers and scientists.

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Jane Appleton Bond

Jane Appleton was born in Newton, Massachusetts. She
studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City
and in Florence, Italy. In New York, Jane became a
member of The Abingdon Square Painter’s Guild
founded by Danville native, Harriet Fitzgerald. In
the 60s, Jane and her husband, Paul Bond, were
introduced to Danville by Fitzgerald. The two took
positions at Stratford College to teach art. Jane
taught at Stratford for more than 20 years. She and
Paul founded ArtWorks in Danville and were
beloved members of the community. Jane’s art was
exhibited in numerous solo, joint, and group exhibitions
throughout the east coast in New York, Connecticut,
Alabama, North Carolina and all over Virginia. Jane
also exhibited her pottery barns internationally.
Jane was primarily a painter but excelled
in any medium she approached.

The Danville Museum is glad to present this exhibition
and celebration of the life and work of Jane Appleton Bond.
January 7 - 28, 2007

Exhibition made possible by: The National Endowment for the Arts,
The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Museum Consortium
for Art & History, Harry Aron, The Bond Family

Steven Schopen

Born and raised in Kent, England, Steven Schopen began a career as a chef at the age of fifteen, spending much of his youth working his way through Europe. He then moved to Washington DC in the early 1980s, still working as a chef. It was not until the late 1990s that Schopen began to take a real interest in art. His earliest works took many forms-acrylic paintings, original and reconstructed furniture pieces, wood sculpture, color pencil, Bic pen on cocktail napkins, and ice carv...+ [ Read all ]


VARIES Based on Exibitions

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Getting there


From the North (Lynchburg)
Take US 29 South. Continue onto VA 86 South. Take the US 29/West Main Street ramp.
Turn Left onto US 29 North/West Main Street. At the top of the ramp turn left onto
West Main Street. West Main Street will become Main Street. Travel approximately .25 mile (.5 mile including West Main); the museum will be on your right.

From the East (South Boston)
Take US 58/360 West. US 58/360 West will become South Boston Road. South Boston Road will become River Street. Turn Left on Main Street (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge). Travel approximately 1 mile, the museum will be on your left.

From the South (Greensboro)
Take US 29 North. Take the VA 86 ramp toward Danville/Yanceyville. Take the ramp toward Danville. Turn Left onto VA 86 N/South Main Street. South Main Street will become Central Boulevard. Take the West Main Street ramp. At the top of the ramp turn left ontoWest Main Street. West Main Street will become Main Street. Travel approximately .25 mile, the museum will be on your right. The Museum is located at the top of Main Street hill between 1st Presbyterian Church and the Main Street Exxon station. Parking is in the rear of the building and can be accessed by turning down either Sutherlin or Holbrook Avenue.

From the West (Martinsville)
Take US 58 East. Take the US 29/VA-86 South ramp toward Downtown/Greensboro. Take the US 29/West Main Street ramp. At the top of the ramp turn left onto West Main Street.West Main Street will become Main Street. Travel approximately .25 mile (.5 mile including West Main); the museum will be on your right.+ [ Read all ]

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In School Programs

A museum educator travels to your school for these one hour presentations.

Life on the Frontier
Clothing of the 18th Century
The Revolutionary War in the South
The Life of a Civil War Soldier
Understanding the Culture of Ancient Egypt

Maximum class size: 25
Fee: $30 per class

If the museum educator is presenting more than one program in your school, a 15 minute interval is scheduled between presentations. The educator sets up in one location and the students come to this location.

If a visit to your school requires the educator to travel over 40 miles round trip from the Museum, a 44.5 cents charge is added per mile over the initial 40 miles.


Guided Group Tours

Group tours are provided by advanced registration only.� Please contact the museum a minimum of two weeks ahead of the date you would like for your tour.
Group tours require a minimum of 10 participants. Maximum numbers are listed with the individual tour descriptions.
Tours are led by a museum educator or docent. Tours may be combined.

• Sutherlin Mansion
• Between the Lines
• Danville National Cemetery
• Grove Street Cemetery
• Green Hill Cemetery
• Millionaires' Row
• Civil War Sites


There are several tour options at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.

Historic Home:

The historic Sutherlin Mansion takes you back in time to just before and during the Civil War. The house belonged to William Sutherlin and his family and served as the last Capital of the Confederacy when President Jefferson Davis resided here from April 3-10, 1865.
The Museum's Docents will guide you through the historic home and tell you about the Sutherlin family and the events that occured here.
Tours of the historic home begin with a 13 minute video: "Major Sutherlin and the Danville Experience." After the video, the guided portion of the tour lasts about 30 minutes.

Between the Lines:

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History has on permanent display the exhibition: "Between the Lines: Danville 1861-1865." This exhibit explores the development of the Confederate government as well as the many contributions Danville made to the Confederate cause as a supply depot, arsenal, hospital and prison center. This is a self-guided tour unless selected for a special group tour.

Changing Art Galleries

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