A scenic tapestry of wineries and farms, Campbell County lies 115 miles west of Richmond, the state capital, 200 miles southwest of Washington, DC, and 200 miles west of Norfolk.
Tree-lined streets, Victorian-era homes, and quaint shops of antique treasures, local finds, and natural remedies give the Town of Altavista a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere. Restaurants serve dishes ranging from Southern fare to exotic cuisine. The Trade Lot, held every first Saturday, is time to barter and trade and buy fresh food straight from the farm.
The Altavista Train Station, a former Southern Railway Station, was renovated in 1987 to serve as a meeting room for business organizations, civic clubs, and individuals. The station also includes the office of the Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce.
Founded on the banks of the historic Staunton River, the Town of Brookneal began as a ferry crossing, linking Campbell, Halifax, and Charlotte counties.
Today, visitors can enjoy a round of golf at Hat Creek, taste fine boutique wine at nearby San Soucy Vineyards, or participate in festival events such as Day on the Town.
The Willie Hodges Booth Museum is located in the back of the Patrick Henry Memorial Library and features artifacts telling the area’s story.
Antiquing is a staple activity in Rustburg, the county seat. Restaurants and hotel accommodations are set to keep guests cozy as they explore the area. Yoder Farm offers a family friendly attraction, complete with a corn maze. The Farm Store features locally grown, gourmet produce, jams, jellies, apples, baked goods, and cook books.
Early Virginia history is recorded at Avoca Museum near the town of Altavista, with plenty of collections and displays to engage visitors. The home was originally the private residence of Colonel Charles Lynch, a planter, lawmaker, soldier, and the brother of Lynchburg’s founder, John Lynch. The museum’s programs and interpretations detail the cultural and natural history of the region.
Red Hill, the home of Patrick Henry, the fiery orator and legislator of the American Revolution, lies near the town of Brookneal. The Patrick Henry National Memorial includes Patrick Henry’s grave and law office, his reconstructed house and other outbuildings, rare family artifacts, and a growing network of interpretive scenic trails. Construction recently wrapped up on a $2 million, 5,100-square-foot Eugene B. Casey Education and Events Center that now serves as an all-weather event facility for school groups, weddings, business meetings, and lectures.
Leesville Lake is a favorite recreational area for boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing for striped bass.
Sixty-one acres of parkland in the Town of Altavista include English and Shreve parks, a boat launch, fishing piers, walking paths, baseball fields, basketball courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. In other parts of the county, Timbrook and Younger parks offer family fun. Near Brookneal, the Staunton River is a popular place for canoeing and fishing.
Brookville High School is known for its quality theater productions and offers theater camps for elementary and middle school students. Altavista features a local theater troupe and hosts art shows showcasing creative local talent.
Uncle Bill’s Day Festival, founded to commemorate local livestock and farm trading, is celebrating its 70th year in 2019. The two-day event in June features a craft show, food vendors, flea market, live music, car show, and children’s activities. On the final night, a spectacular fireworks display will close out the festival with a bang.
The annual Heritage Festival, held in October, celebrates Campbell County’s history and culture.
Campbell County Public Schools serve K-12 students with 13 schools and a technical education center.
With an emphasis on workforce training, the Campbell County Technical Center (part of Campbell County Public Schools) offers vocational and technical education as well as GED courses. The Virginia Technical Institute (VTI) in Altavista provides hands-on training in the areas of electrical, plumbing, heating and air (HVAC), welding, carpentry, and industrial maintenance.
Foster Fuels (Fuel Distributor)
Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical (Contractor)
Shentel (Telecommunications Provider)
Sonny Merryman (Bus Sales & Service)
Abbott Nutrition (Nutritional Products)
BWXT (Industrial Machinery/Nuclear)
Banker Steel (Steel Fabricator)
BGF Industries (Fiberglass Fabric)
Median Age 43
Area (in square miles) 504
Median Household Income $56,532
Median Home Value $152,600
Total Household Units 25,249
Real Estate (per $100) $0.52
Personal Property Tax Rate (per $100) $4.45
County Administrative Offices (434) 332-9525
Economic Development (434) 592-9595
Public Schools (434) 332-3458
Main Library (434) 332-9560
Post Office (434) 332-2260
Emergency: Ambulance/ Fire/Police 911
Sheriff (434) 952-9580
Electricity (800) 956-4237
Trash (434) 332-9528
Water, Sewer (434) 239-8654
Voting (434) 332-9579
• Automobile (804) 497-7100
• Pet (434) 332-9590
• Business (434) 592-9595
• Hunting and Fishing
Regional Office (434) 525-7522
Town of Altavista
Median Age 40
Area (in square miles) 4.89
Median Household Income $35,267
Median Home Value $133,594
Total Household Units 1678
Real Estate (per $100) $0.08
Personal Property Tax Rate (per $100) $2.00
Administrators Office (434) 369-5001
Police (434) 369-7425
Water (434) 369-5001
Sewer (434) 369-6284
Trash (434) 369-5001
Town of Brookneal
Median Age 51
Area (in square miles) 3.5
Median Household Income $28,281
Median Home Value $94,908
Total Household Units 5903
Real Estate (per $100) $0.17
Personal Property Tax Rate (per $100) $1.70
Administrator’s Office (434) 376-3124
Water/Sewer (434) 376-3124
Trash (434) 455-6086
Village of Rustburg
Median Age 45
Area (in square miles) 10.8
Median Household Income $30,800
Median Home Value $144,860
Total Household Units 590
Real Estate (per $100) County
Personal Property Tax Rate County
County Administrators Office (434) 332-9525