South Boston Halifax County Visitors Center
Begin your visit at the South Boston Halifax County Visitors Center, 1180 Bill Tuck Highway, at the intersection of Route 58 and Hwy. 360. The Center is open seven days a week with a knowledgeable staff ready to assist you with your plans. Halifax County was formed in 1752. South Boston, founded in 1854 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.
Until a few years ago, tobacco was king. Within a dramatically changing economy, local leaders have made productive use of former tobacco buildings. The former Reynolds Tobacco Company is home to The Prizery, a performing arts theatre, art gallery, classrooms and banquet facilities. Next door, the Export Leaf Tobacco Building was transformed into the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. SVHEC partners with 11 colleges and universities to provide world class education. The Business and Art Innovation Center is the newest addition to the Higher Education Center.