Destination Downtown South Boston
432 Main Street
South Boston, VA 24592
Things to Do in South Boston, VA and the Surrounding County of Halifax
History. Innovation. Charm.
Halifax County was formed in 1752 followed by the town of South Boston in 1854. Our town began as a railroad depot and grew into the second largest bright leaf tobacco market in the US by the beginning of the 20th century. The arrival of the railroad propelled the tiny community, the “South Boston Depot,” into the connection between eastern US ports and the rich agricultural region that surrounds it.
Today downtown South Boston is a thriving Main Street America™ town brimming with unique shops, creative artisans, and an entrepreneurial community spirit. History will always be a vital part of our community, but we also embrace change and ingenuity to make our town not only a place where people love to live, but a place where people love to visit and explore!
As you stroll Main Street shopping and browsing, enjoy the Victorian facades of the buildings that are home to local shops and businesses. Compact, mostly two-story brick buildings characterize South Boston’s downtown area, some with slightly modernized storefronts. They are careful to preserve upper-story facades highlighted with corbeled brick cornices, round-arched windows, and other decorative features. Most of the commercial buildings on South Main Street date from the 1880s and 1890s.
Main Street was first paved around 1910. The original cobblestones used for the streets of South Boston were later used to construct the wall around Oak Ridge Cemetery just a short walk down North Main Street. North Main is a tree-lined street with lots of charm and character, centuries old homes, and quaint gated gardens.
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