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South Hill has a variety of attractions for visitors of all ages. Admission to our museums is free; donations are welcome.

Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia
306 W. Main Street / (434) 447-2551 / 10 AM - 4 PM
Come on in Wednesday through Saturday and learn about the region's rich farming heritage and its ties to the "golden leaf" that has been such an important part of our history.

Visit the upstairs and you'll be surprised by a unique and comprehensive display of antique medical instruments and paraphernalia donated by the late Dr. Robert Keeling.

Model Railroad Museum and Wildlife Exhibit
201 S. Mecklenburg Avenue / (434) 447-4547 / 9 AM - 4 PM
Located at the corner of South Mecklenburg Avenue and Main Street in the historic South Hill Train Depot, which also houses the South Hill Chamber of Commerce offices. A unique and panoramic display of model trains and authentic model scenery representing periods of the local history. The train museum is located in the rear section of the original freight station of the Depot where all the items that came to South Hill by rail were stored until picked up by farmers, residents and businessmen. You can even visit an authentic caboose located on the Depot grounds. Also in the Depot is a wonderful local wildlife display that was prepared and designed by Mr. Stanton S. Vongrabill, Jr. You can visit with bobcats to bald eagles, hoot owls to woodpeckers, even groundhogs to hawks and buzzards.

Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum
201 S. Mecklenburg Avenue / (434) 447-4547 / 9 AM - 4 PM
Also located in the Chamber of Commerce offices in the old railroad depot, featuring an impressive array of over 500 dolls (some dating back to the 1800's) donated by Virginia Smith Evans, a second grade teacher in Mecklenburg County. Miss Virginia called herself "Virginia the doll lady from Virginia" and actually camped in a tent and traveled in her car to the 48 contiguous states in the 1970s and 80s collecting some of her dolls and making friends everywhere she went.

Would you like to check out a movie while visiting our Town? Contact South Hill Cinemas, 833 E. Atlantic Street, (434) 447-8511.

Live performances and art showings are at The Colonial Center for Performing Arts , one of the few remaining vaudeville theatres of its era in Virginia.

South Hill is privileged to have various groups including the Friends of the R. T. Arnold Library, the South Hill Chamber of Commerce, the South Hill Revitalization Committee, the South Hill Market Square Committee, The Colonial Center and our many civic organizations that arrange a variety of entertaining events throughout the year. There is always something going on in South Hill!

South Hill's name is derived from its location - just south of "the little mountain."

South Hill location mapIt is one of only three towns in the nation to be originally planned and developed in a circular pattern, extending 5/8 mile in all directions from a center point. We're a thriving, rapidly-growing community located in Mecklenburg County in south-central Virginia near the North Carolina state line halfway between the state capitals of Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC (80 miles each).

It is also about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean (on the east) and the Blue Ridge Mountains (on the west).
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The Town is in the Eastern Standard time zone, at latitude 36.726 N. and longitude 78.129 W. Our convenient location makes it easy to reach popular destinations such as Historic Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Washington, DC.

Since its beginning as a railroad town in 1889, South Hill has continued to be known for its ideal location. Today, the Town is easily accessible by a highway network consisting of Interstate 85, U.S. Route 58, U.S. Route 1 and Highway 47. South Hill is also only six miles away from the Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport.

aerialAerial view of Town of South Hill - click to enlargeIncorporated by the Virginia General Assembly on February 16, 1901, South Hill has always been known for its tobacco industry, and the Town is presently the third largest market in Virginia. But over the past few years, a significant growth in manufacturing and trade has diversified the Town's economy.

The Town's growth is enhanced by its proximity to two nearby lakes, Kerr Lake (Buggs Island Lake) and Lake Gaston, both of which are created by the John H. Kerr Dam, which generates an average of 426,749,000 kilowatt hours per year. With over 1,150 combined miles of shoreline, tourist trade and a booming real estate market serve to fuel our Town's growth.

The natural beauty of the lakes and a relaxed lifestyle to match make living in this unique region a gratifying experience.

 

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