Built to Revive a Ravaged Community
Location: Danville, Virginia
Contact: Mark Willard, 434-209-0618
The history: In the early 1870s, native son William Worsham, whose father was an early settler of Danville, used his tobacco fortune to build this home for himself and his wife, Mary. Worsham was determined to rebuild his ravaged hometown, which had served as a temporary headquarters for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He ran a tobacco factory, using his profits to fund the construction of a local women's college in 1876 and a local railroad a decade later, shortly before his death. After Mary died, in 1909, the house went through a series of owners and renovations.
Shown: This 2,758-square-foot house has a wide front porch and sits on almost three-quarters of an acre in Danville's Old West End historic district. A two-room guesthouse is behind the main structure.