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108-0006 Sutherlin House

Sutherlin House
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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/17/1969

NPS property number 69000338

This Italian Villa-style mansion was built in 1857-58 for Maj. William T. Sutherlin, a member of the Virginia Convention of 1861 and later chief quartermaster for Danville. On April 2, 1865, when the Confederate government evacuated Richmond, Danville was chosen for a temporary capital. During the week of April 3-10, 1965, the Sutherlins opened their home to President Davis and members of his cabinet. Here Davis signed his last official proclamation as president of the confederacy and presided over the last official cabinet meeting. Davis and the remnants of his fugitive government left Danville on April 10 for Greensboro, N.C., and their “flight into oblivion.” Typical of the Italian Villa style, Sutherlin’s house has a stepped-back facade, heavy bracketed cornice, and a square tower. The house now serves as a museum and cultural center.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated October 14, 2018