The South Boston Museum describes the rich history of this small town in Southside, Virginia. There is an exhibit of its favourite son, former Virginia governor and congressman for the 5th district, William Munford ("Bill") Tuck, for which an airport and a stretch of Route 58 are named. The lady at the gift shop said they didn't tell her when they...more
The Prizery is an 1890s tobacco warehouse on the Dan River renovated to be a performing welcome centre, performing arts theatre (including auditorium), art gallery, a 400-seat banquet facility and remote learning centre. The Prizery is a key part of the downtown revitalisation effort.more
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1120 Bill Tuck Hwy, South Boston, Virginia, 24592, United States
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3105 River Road, South Boston, Virginia, 24592, United States
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1074 Bill Tuck Highway, Highway 58 East, South Boston, Virginia, 24592, United States
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Ernie's has been a South Boston institution more than 45 years. Their varied menu and family style atmosphere are popular with both locals and those just passing through. In March, 1991, Ernie's Restaurant burned to the ground, but they rebuilt it almost straightaway in the same convenient location on Route 360 east.
Favorite Dish: Specialties include Brunswick Stew, pork barbecue, barbecue sauce and homemade hush puppies. I prefer the all-you-can eat buffet with barbecue, fried chicken, country style vegetables, and desserts, but their wide ranging menu includes soups & salads, steaks & seafood, pastas, chicken, burgers, sandwiches, kids meals, even fajitas and desserts.
South Boston is a town of 8491 people (as of the 2000 Census) located about 10 miles (16 km.) north of the North Carolina line. The nearest city of any greater size is Danville 30 miles (48 km.) to the west. South Boston was a textile town which, at one time, had several mills including Sales Knitting and I'm old enough to remember the many tobacco warehouses where the crop would be sold at auction. Both aspects of the town's economy have been beleaguered by government policy. Ill-advised trade agreements have virtually killed the textile mills, not only here, but all over the region. Also, the government's "my way or the highway" anti tobacco policy has adversely affected local farmers and other jobs tied to the crop. That, in some part, explains the higher unemployment and the decline in the downtown.
B1Bob and his cronies seem to be giving way to newcomers with new tastes -- so much for your prediction that 'upscale markets' would not last in Soboville! New to the scene, a Parisian knock-off (books et cafe) tagged Southern Plenty with 1st editions, artwork, incredible pastries all at prices galactically less than Richmond or Lynchburg (not to...more
Those who know me know I have enough stuff for six lifetimes. I didn't really need anything that day either. What attracted me to this shop was the glass block design at the entrance. This used to be the ABC Store (for those outside of Virginia, that's the only type of place you could legally buy booze). I went in here to look for postcards for...more
After our tour through the Halifax County Museum, Lee and I stopped here before going back to Virgilina. Many museum gift shops are so small you have to leave them to change your mind. This gift shop was fairly big. The clerk did not know my mama, but she did go to school with Aunt Natalie. I bought a postcard for my friend Christian who collects...more
In early to mid December, South Boston always has a Christmas parade. Local businesses contribute floats and general cash to organise the parade, there are local marching bands, choirs, horses, and sometimes fire engines. I remember when I was little (early '70s) watching one from the second floor of the building where the old Fuller's store was...more
William Munford "Bill" Tuck was governor of Virginia from 1945-49 and a U.S. Congressman for the 5th district from 1953-69. He was a conservative Democrat, who would probably have been a Republican today. Aside from being all that, a teacher, and a lawyer, Gov. Tuck was good friends with Grandpa Terry. When he served in Congress, he would return...more
The Downtown South Boston Farmers' Market, located in the lower public parking area on Broad Street. It is open every Tuesday and Thursday in the spring, summer, and early autumn, beginning at 2:30pm and every Saturday, beginning at 7:30am. Since it began in 1987, the market has offered fresh locally-grown produce as well as home-baked goods and...more
South Boston normally avoids the snowfalls and ice that plague the northern part of the state. However, occasionally, ice and snow will fall here too. Mind the snow and the ice on the roads and the native South Bostonians who aren't used to it.
The quickest way to get from downtown South Boston to Virgilina, take Route 501 South for 10 miles and Route 96 east for 8. Virgilina is home to the Summerfest the Saturday before the last Monday in May.
For you NASCAR fans, the South Boston Speedway is where 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton got his start. I can remember certain warm summer evenings when I could hear the races from Grandma Terry's front porch a few miles from the racetrack.
1. 616 North Main Street Built in 1885 by John W. Easley, a merchant and tobacco warehouse owner. His daughter, Mrs. E. L. Evans, Jr., lived there until she died in the 1980s. 2. 700 North Main Street Queen Anne Victorian house with gable roof, 6-bay wraparound porch with turned posts, spindle frieze, turned balustrade. Built by the Willingham...more
1. On the right in the same block, is 425-427 Main Street the old Glascock Hardware Buildingwith its iron columns and Victorian Italianate design. This is a block of two stores, one with its original storefront, containing large upper-storey windows with heavy girders and an elabourate conjoined cast-iron cornice extending across the top of the...more
1204 Washington Avenue The E. L Evans House is a fine representative example of the Queen Anne style. It was built in 1892 by Edward L. Evans, the impressive residence has elabourately detailed porches, and pressed-brick ornamentation. It is unusual for its porches, wide central passage plan, and combination of different building materials...more