March 1, 2014
History on the Lawn

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will hold its annual "History on the Lawn" in April 2014.  An opening reception for the updated "Between the Lines" Civil War exhibit in the Sutherlin Mansion will take place on Friday, April 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Join Civil War Reenactors of the Virginia 18th Infantry as they set up camp on the grounds of the historic Sutherlin Mansion on Friday, April 11, from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Discover what the life of a soldier was really like: the food, the weapons, the uniforms, the drilling, and the horrors of Civil War medical practices. You and your family will hear about life on the homefront – what women and children wore and what their lives were like while the men were away.

"Between the Lines" has been updated with new text panels, hands-on displays, and two life-sized murals.  One depicts the "Corporation Store" in Danville and the other a warehouse prison scene taken from the Vander Wyde sketchbook collection.

Visitors can continue their historic tour of Danville by touring the Sutherlin Mansion and its Civil War exhibits. Other historical sites include Grove Cemetery and taking the Millionaire's Row or Holbrook walking tours. The Museum is located at the start of Danville's Historic District within walking distance of Downtown Danville, Averett University, and the Riverwalk.

The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine, on the lawn of the Sutherlin Mansion at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main Street, Danville, VA. Call (434) 793-5644 for more information, or visit the Museum's website at www.danvillemuseum.org.