On this site stood Neal's Warehouse where the “Danville System” of selling tobacco began in 1858. Previously tobacco had been sold by sample from hogsheads, but under the new system it was sold at auction in open, loose piles so buyers could examine the whole lot. It is in genral use today.
Virginia Historical Landmarks Commission, 1968.
The Danville System marker is mounted on a utility pole at the corner of Patton and South Union Streets in downtown Danville, across the street from Danville's City Hall.
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