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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

Campbell County, Virginia

Campbell County Education, Geography, and History

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Campbell County is a county situated in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in the Piedmont region of Virginia, Campbell borders the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county seat is Rustburg.

Grounded on a tobacco cash crop economy, Campbell County was created in 1782 from part of Bedford County. The county was named in honor of General William Campbell, hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Campbell County is part of the Lynchburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Based on the 2010 census, the county population is 54,842.

Etymology - Origin of Campbell County Name

Campbell is named for William Campbell, a militia general in the American Revolutionary War


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Campbell County History

Campbell County, Virginia formed from Bedford County. Legislative enactment in 1781. Organized in 1782. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]

Campbell County was named for William Campbell, one of the heroes of the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. The county was formed from Bedford County in 1781. Its area is 511 square miles, and the county seat is Rustburg.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 507 square miles (1,313.1 km2), of which 504 square miles (1,305.4 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.55%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lynchburg, Virginia - north
  • Amherst County, Virginia - north
  • Appomattox County, Virginia - northeast
  • Charlotte County, Virginia - east
  • Halifax County, Virginia - southeast
  • Pittsylvania County, Virginia - southwest
  • Bedford County, Virginia - west


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