Town of Brookneal

Brookneal is located on U.S. Route 501 in southeastern Campbell County and has since its founding in 1802 served as a center of commerce for the surrounding areas in Campbell, Charlotte, and Halifax counties.

Brookneal is an incorporated town with a population of approximately 1,250 and serves approximately 40,000 in the immediate area. The thriving economy includes a diversified manufacturing base, agriculture, service firms, and retail offerings.

Brookneal is a full service town with comprehensive planning, zoning, water and sewer, sanitation service, and police. Fire services are provided by the Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department. Public safety dispatch and coordination of police coverage are provided through integration into the county’s 911 system. The town is an active participant in regional economic development, planning, and government organizations.

Students from Brookneal and the surrounding area attend Brookneal Elementary School and William Campbell Combined School.

Excellent recreational opportunities abound in the area. Public facilities include a large recreation park, a boat ramp on the Staunton River, and a historic community center. The park offers baseball and softball fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, a playground, and a hiking trail. The boat ramp provides access to the Staunton River for boating, canoeing, tubing, and fishing. A striped bass tournament is hosted each spring.


Brookneal is rich in history. It is near Patrick Henry's last home and burial site, Red Hill. Henry is best known for his famous declaration "Give me liberty or give me death," made during a speech before the Virginia Convention in 1775. Red Hill is also the site of the Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, and on the grounds, guests can tour the restored home and law office, as well as walk where Henry and his ancestors once walked.

The town is the birthplace of General Lewis Pick, builder of the Ledo Road in the China Burma India Theater of World War II.

Visitors to Brookneal can also visit the Willie Hodges Booth Museum and view artifacts from the area’s past by appointment.

For more information about Brookneal, visit the town’s website.