Campbell County is located in Virginia’s Piedmont Region, in the south central part of the Commonwealth. It is bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The County was created in 1782, with land taken from part of Bedford County. It was named for General William Campbell, who was a military hero during the American Revolution.
The population of Campbell County was reported by the 2010 census to be 54,842 people. The county consists of 507 square miles (504 square miles in land, and 3.5 square miles in water). The population density is 109 people per square mile. The population has grown in every census since 1930, doubling between 1930 and 2010.
The main highways in Campbell County are U.S. Routes 29, 460, 501, and State Routes 24, 40, 43. These highways, and a number of secondary roads, connect the county’s two towns, Altavista and Brookneal, and several unincorporated communities, including Concord, Long Island, Lynch Station, Rustburg (the county seat), Timberlake, Gladys, Evington, Castle Craig, and Kingston.
Traffic crashes happen every hour. If you have been injured in a car crash or a small truck collision, through no fault of your own, make Altizer Law, P.C., your Campbell County Personal Injury Attorney. Traffic crashes cause serious injury or death in many cases. Preserving information and crash photos is vital to a successful lawsuit or insurance settlement. Virginia law has set forward the conditions and monetary limits applicable to car crash cases. Bettina Altizer handles crash cases daily. She has been helping vehicle crash victims for more than 20 years. When you, or a loved one, are injured through no fault of your own, count on the compassionate care and aggressive pursuit of justice that are the hallmarks of the Firm.
The area that is now Campbell County was first settled by Europeans in the late 1730s. Most of these early settlers were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. For the next 50 years, more settlers came to the area and continued its development. The County was established in 1782. Four years later, the independent city of Lynchburg was formed from the county.
The early settlers of Campbell County were primarily agrarian. The main cash crop was tobacco. It also developed manufacturing early in its history of European settlers. The Oxford Iron Works (Oxford Furnace) was built during the early years. The last” furnace” was closed in 1875. Brookneal was strategically located on the Staunton River, and was founded in 1802. It was a textile and tobacco hub for many years. When manufacturing interests moved their operations out of the region and tobacco production necessarily declined, the County responded with necessary change. From its agricultural heritage, Campbell County has transformed itself into a mixture of rural and suburban communities.
Rustburg was built on 50 acres donated by Jeremiah Rust in 1784. It became the county seat of Campbell County. The town of Altavista was planned and built by a group of businessmen who recognized its strategic importance as a railroad location.
Altavista was created in 1905 amidst the construction of the east-west Tidewater Railway that ran between Giles County on the West Virginia border and Sewell’s Point in what was Norfolk County. Two years later, the Tidewater Railway was combined with West Virginia’s Deepwater Railway, creating the Virginian Railway. It provided limited passenger service until 1956. Its primary purpose, however, was to move bituminous coal from the mountains to the coal piers of Hampton Roads, which was an ice-free harbor. In time, the rail company merged with the Norfolk and Western Line, and then with the Southern Railroad, creating the Norfolk and Southern Railway.
After his fifth term as governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry moved to the Long Island area of Campbell County, and then to Red Hill Plantation. He called it “the garden spot of the world.” Seven years later, in 1799, he died and was buried at Red Hill. The plantation has been preserved in its original appearance.
Today, Campbell County offers a compelling blend of history, natural beauty, culture, and economic opportunity.
Today, Campbell County’s primary industries (based on number of employees), according to the 2010 Report of the Virginia Employment Commission, are:
- Government (predominantly local government)
- Retail Trade
- Health Care and Social Assistance
The largest employers (according to the same report) are:
- Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear — specializes in the design and manufacture of components for the U.S. government
- Campbell County Schools
- BGF Industries — This facility manufactures nonwoven mat products including TechMat®, SilcoSoft Mat®, and SpecialtyMat products. These products are needled, mechanically or thermally bonded nonwoven fabrics which are comprised of one or more fiber types in a wide range of thicknesses.
- Abbott Laboratories — The Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory, a partnership between the University of Illinois and Abbott Nutrition, is committed to understanding the role of nutrients on brain health and development.
- Campbell County
- Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical — We are one of Virginia’s largest Electrical/Mechanical/Design Build contractors doing most all of our work in the state
- Food Lion
- Sensata Technologies, Inc — Producer of sensors and controls for manufacturers in the automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial and HVAC markets.
- H. Masonry & Associates — Masonry and other Stonework
- Capps Shoe Company — manufactures quality Uniform Footwear for every branch of the United States Military as well as Men’s regular Dress Shoes
- The Babcock and Wilcox Company — The company was founded in 1867 by Stephen Wilcox and George Babcock as Babcock, Wilcox & Company to manufacture and market Wilcox’s patented water-tube boiler. B&W’s list of innovations and firsts include the world’s first installed utility boiler (1881); manufacture of boilers to power New York City’s first subway (1902); first pulverized coal power plant (1918); design and manufacture of components for USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine (1953–55); the first supercritical pressure coal-fired boiler (1957); design and supply of reactors for the first U.S. built nuclear-powered surface ship, NS Savannah (1961).[The company previously known as The Babcock & Wilcox Company provided design, engineering, manufacturing, construction and facilities management services to nuclear, renewable, fossil power, industrial and government customers worldwide.
- Georgia Pacific Wood Products — Mfg Reconstituted Wood Products Mfg Softwood Veneer/Plywood
- Kelly Services, Inc.
- Thompson Trucking
- Banker Steel Co LLC — a full-service Structural Steel Fabricator based in Lynchburg, Virginia
- Progress Printing Company
- The Timken Company — engineers and manufactures bearings and mechanical power transmission components
- Autumn Corporation — Nursing home, except skilled and intermediate care facility
- Nursing/Personal Care Skilled Nursing Care Facility
Things to See and Do
For those who enjoy fishing and other water sports, Campbell County is a little bit of heaven. Four rivers flow through Campbell County: Staunton River, Big Otter River, South Fork Falling River, Roanoke River, as well as 28 creeks, Lucks Branch, Tardy Branch, Long Branch and Bull Branch.
For those interested in history and architecture will want to visit Green Hill Plantation, the Old City Cemetery, Red Hill, Point of Honor, Sandusky, Diamond Hill Historical District, Poplar Forest, Rustburg Tavern, and Avoca Museum. Other structures listed on the National Register of Historical Places will also be of interest.
Red Hill, once the home of Patrick Henry and his burial site, has been preserved in its colonial style and offers wonderful southern hospitality. Green Hill Plantation is being restored to its historic grandeur. Avoca Museum is a Victorian home designed and built in the Queen Anne style. It is a popular Virginia landmark. It was originally called Green Level by Colonel Charles Lynch, the original owner. It is now owned by the town of Altavista and is primarily a museum of the cultural and natural history of the region.
There is no hospital in Campbell County. Residents have the option to use Lynchburg General Hospital, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Bedford Memorial Hospital, or Carillion Hospital or Lewis Gale Hospital in Roanoke. In addition there are several nursing and rehabilitation facilities.
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