Museums and Attractions

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!