Snapshot History of Danville and the Mills
William Byrd “discovers” Danville area while surveying dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina.
Town charter by Virginia General Assmebly “for a town on the lands of John Barnett, near Wynn's Falls, to be called Danville.”
Virginia Legislature grants seven trustees 25 acres to divide into half-acre lots.
Toll bridge built over Dan River between properties then owned by John Barnett and Thomas Worsham.
Roanoke Navigation Co. chartered: rights to improve navigation of Roanoke River
Boom period for Danville.
Danville’s first cotton mill established: Danville Manufacturing Co.
Danville incorporated by Va. General Assembly.
Stock market crash: 20-year depression follows.
Richmond and Danville Railroad opens.
Danville and Lynchburg Railroad chartered.
Danville’s first post office built.
Riverside Cotton Mills chartered for manufacturing cotton and woolen fabrics, rope.
Morotock Manufacturing Company opens.
Riverside Mill No. 1 is erected on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets.
Riverside Mill No. 2 opens on the north side of Union Street Bridge.
Addition to Mill No. 2 opens as Riverside Mill No. 3.
Riverside buys Morotock Manufacturing Company and calls it Mill No. 4.
Addition to Mill No. 3 opens as Riverside Mill No. 5. Mills 2, 3, and 5 known as the “Long Mill.”
Riverside Mill No. 6 opens on the north side of the river, below Main St. Bridge. A second dam is built to supply water power.
Dan River Power and Manufacturing Company established by Riverside to develop a power source on the Dan outside Danville City.
An addition to the Long Mill opens as Riverside Mill No. 7.
North Danville (Neopolis) incorporated into Danville City.
Riverside begins supplementing water power with steam.
Construction of first mill in Schoolfield.
Large dam built near new Schoolfield mill location. Because of opposition to potential pollution, mill buildings are located on high lands away from the river and operate with electricity.
First houses built in the Schoolfield mill village.
Riverside Cotton Mills merger with Dan River Power and Manufacturing Company to form Riverside and Dan River Cotton Mills
Inflation following World War I boosts mill sales to record highs.
Strike: Led by United Textile Workers. Ends six months later without achieving any of strikers' goals
Temporary economic rejuvenation of mill after decline begun 1920s.