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Livestock producers in fourteen Central/Southside Virginia counties will be eligible for matching grants this year under a program funded by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission.
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The Campbell County Communications and Public Information Office is pleased to announce the release of the April 2014 edition of the Vision e-newsletter, a monthly publication consisting of press releases, community service announcements and other submissions from various County departments.
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Campbell County School Administration is pleased to offer the school system's 2014 winter edition of their electronic newsletter, Education News. This quarterly publication is designed to provide readers with important and timely information regarding education services within the locality.
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In an effort to support citizen safety, the Campbell Sheriff’s Office is offering a free, multi-faceted public security event on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Sheriff’s Office lobby and in the adjacent parking area (87 Courthouse Lane, Rustburg).
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The Campbell County Board of Supervisors and Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce the construction of a 96 room Comfort Inn & Suites in Campbell County, (to be located on Wards Road across from the Lynchburg Regional Airport). Conveniently located on the Route 29 travel corridor and in close proximity to the Lynchburg regional air terminal and Liberty University, the hotel is expected to serve not only business travelers, but also those visiting the area for tourism and educational purposes.
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Campbell County has received notice requesting the calling of a Primary Election for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the Democratic Party for the office of Member of the United States Senate, as well as the calling of a Primary Election for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the Republican Party for the office of Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District.
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(434) 332-9500
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P.O. Box 100
Rustburg VA 24588

Historic Resources

 
Attractions
  • Staunton River (Roanoke River) - The Staunton (Roanoke) River is significant both for its scenic view and the natural condition of the area.
  • Leesville Lake - The lower and smaller of the two lakes that make up the APO Smith Mountain pumped storage and hydroelectric project. The lakes' 23,400 acres offer a variety of recreational activities. 
  • Timberlake Dam - Tragedy struck in Southwest Virginia June 22nd, 1995, after an unusually large early summer rainfall. That day portions of southwest Virginia received almost nine inches of rain. This excessive rainfall event caused the failure of the Timberlake dam at 10:30 PM on the 22nd, releasing 2 million cubic meters of water.


Historic Locations

  • Brookneal - Chartered in 1802 after John Brooke built a tobacco warehouse near the boat landing and ferry crossing on the Staunton River.
  • Cat Rock Sluice - Part of the Roanoke Navigational Canal, located near Brookneal.
  • Concord - Third earliest settlement in the County and an important railroad stop.
  • Evington - Second oldest settlement in Campbell County; the site of a mill and a tavern that served as a traveler's rest and later a railroad station.
  • Hat Creek - The oldest settlement in Campbell County located six miles northeast of Brookneal on Virginia Route 601.
  • Gladys - Once called "Pigeon Run" after flocks of now extinct passenger pigeons that roosted in the forests. Later named Gladys after the daughter of a railroad executive.
  • Kanawa Canal - The remains of the canal lock serve as a reminder of the historical significance of the Kanawa Canal. The canal once served as a primary source of commerce and transportation in central Virginia.
  • Leesville - A center of trade before the American Revolution.
  • Naruna - A Native American name with an unknown meaning serves as the village of Naruna, and early trade center and mail stop, later a train stop.
  • New London - The county seat of Bedford County before the formation of Campbell County in 1781. Site of a Revolutionary War arsenal that was moved during the war to Harpers Ferry, Virginia, (now West Virginia), an arsenal made famous by John Brown in 1859. New London was also the site of one of Patrick Henry's most famous court cases, the celebrated Hook Case, during which the famous orator unleashed his venom and derision against John Hook, one of the many Tories (British sympathizers) who lived in the New London area.
  • Rustburg - Established as the county seat in 1784 when Jeremiah Rust donated land for the first court house. Numerous old buildings line the streets of this village, including the 1848 Court House, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also in Rustburg is Nickup, formerly a tavern where Patrick Henry rested on trips between his homes.

 

Historic Homes
  • Avoca - Home of Colonel Charles Lynch, revolutionary patriot, and property on which the Lynch Tree is located. Lynch Tree - The old walnut tree under which Colonel Charles Lynch and others held informal court. Tories and criminals were tried under this tree in 1780 and thus evolved the term "Lynch Law". Tories were hung by a limb by their thumb nail until they cried "Liberty Forever" three times. Records indicate that none were killed.
  • Blenheim - Built before 1782, located on the Falling River near Brookneal.
  • Green Hill - Built by Samuel Pannell in 1797 near Long Island.
  • Plantation Gardens - The Gardens, located on State Route 622 (Lynbrook Road) were built in 1790 and include huge American and English boxwoods averaging 150-180 years old.
  • Red Hill - Last home and burial place of Patrick Henry, the "Voice of the Revolution".  Patrick Henry was Virginia's first governor (1776-1779 and 1784-1786) after independence was declared from Great Britain. The memorial includes Henry's reconstructed residence and the Osage Orange Tree. The Osage Orange Tree is a National Champion and in the American Forestry Hall of Fame with an 85 foot span and a height of 60-feet.
  • Shady Grove - Located on Route 650 near Gladys, was built on property inherited by Spotswood Henry, son of Patrick Henry.
  • White Hall - Built in 1810 by John S. Payne, the plantation contains two original construction native stone servant's quarters.