Dan River Mills village in Danville candidate for National Register listing; City hosting meeting about surveying process

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Historic surveyors will begin documenting Danville’s Dan River Mills village for their proposal to mark the area as a state and nationally recognized historic district.

The Schoolfield Historic District, where the village resides, became eligible for historic recognition in December. The district includes 840 homes, churches, an industrial site, executive offices, a commercial area, the former Welfare Building and the Schoolfield School Complex.

The village was founded by Dan River Mills for its textile workers in 1903. The company controlled the site until Danville annexed the area in 1951, according to a city statement.

If the area is designated as a historic district, it will not place a new restriction on property owners, a city spokesperson said. If a property is deemed important for the district’s historical status, it can be eligible for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The Danville Office of Economic Development and the Industrial Development Authority of Danville hired Storied Capital, Hill Studio, and Burton Consulting to conduct a survey of the village, which includes taking photographs of building exteriors and field notes. It’s the first step in the process of applying for a National Register listing.

The city of Danville is hosting a community meeting to share information about the survey process on Feb. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Welfare Building, located at 917 W. Main Street.

Registration is not required but is encouraged via email at ina@storiedcapital.org. Refreshments will kick off the meeting, then follow with an overview presentation at 6 p.m.

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