In 2010, I visited my parents not long before they left Danville, Va., where my father's family had lived since 1840. We said goodbye to our old mill and tobacco town, fallen on hard times and hoping for better.

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One of the mills, all torn down now. Dan River Millls was once the largest cotton textile mill in the South, employing 14,000 people in a town of 40,000.
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A pedestrian bridge between mills, the longest covered bridge in Va.
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Tobacco warehouse district. Some warehouses still operate, others have been vacant for years.

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Beverley Talbott Danville


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Downtown, off Main Street.

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Main Street
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Aunt Alice lived here. We staged plays in her backyard.
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She wasn't really my aunt, but our families were friends for three generations.

Beverley Talbott Danville

Beverley Talbott Danville


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