Danville is a historic community located in south central Virginia on the Virginia and North Carolina border. The Dan River flows through the heart of Danville on its path from the Blue Ridge mountains to the Kerr Reservoir just 55 miles east of our city. Danville lies 180 miles from the Atlantic coast and just 50 miles east of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at an altitude of 565 feet above sea level. The city’s piedmont location has been blessed with mild winter climate and moderate summer temperature/humidity. The 1996 average annual temperature was 57 degrees and the annual rainfall was 60 inches. Conveniently located, between the Raleigh/Durham Research Triangle area and Greensboro/ Winston-Salem Tri-City area of North Carolina and the Roanoke & Lynchburg area of Virginia, all about a one-hour drive away.
Our downtown central business district is a typical main street USA, with ample restaurants and shopping from clothing to hardware, plus financial, professional, and government services. Located in the historic tobacco district you will also find the Crossing at the Dan, a multi-use entertainment facility which incoporates the Community (farmers) Market, the Science Center and Amtrak train station , Carrington Pavilion, the Pepsi Building and the Riverwalk nature trail.
Danville is Southern Virginia’s largest industrial city, and is recognized as one of the state’s leading manufacturing centers. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. is one of Danville’s largest employers. Established in 1966, the Danville Goodyear plant is the world’s largest and most modern for manufacturing truck and aircraft tires. In addition to Goodyear and Dan River Mills, Danville has several nationally recognized manufacturers including Corning, Inc., DIMON , Health-tex, Intertape Polymer Corp., Masonite Corp., Menasha Corp., Nestle Refrigerated Food Co., Owens-Brockway, Inc., Star Paper Tubes, Vulcan Materials, and many smaller companies manufacturing a varied product line ranging from mobile/modular homes to lumber and electronics.