South Hill originated as a railroad community in 1889 and was chartered as a town in 1901. The local economy focused early on tobacco, and today the town is the state’s third-largest tobacco market. South Hill’s charming downtown has late-19th-century architecture and many shops. Two museums offer insights into the town’s historic past. Visit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia to learn about the “golden leaf.” The Model Railroad Museum, located in the original freight depot, features model trains and scenery that represent periods of local history. The local wildlife is presented in another exhibit there. South Hill is a town in Mecklenburg County, Virginia It has a tobacco market, and several hotels. South Hill has a close relationship with the neighboring town of La Crosse. Lake Gaston, a large reservoir popular with boaters and fishermen, is a short distance to the southwest. Route 1 angles slightly west of the interstate as it passes through town. At one time, South Hill was the third largest tobacco market in Virginia. The Farm Life Museum has a collection of antique medical instruments that had been donated by one of the town’s doctors. Also housed in the town’s former railroad station were a Model Railroad Museum and Wildlife Exhibit. The Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum, dedicated to displays of more than 500 dolls collected by a local school teacher of that name in the 1970s and 1980s. The Colonial Theater, a former Vaudeville theater has been renovated and reopened.