Nestled between the Cumberland Mountains and foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Campbell County offers a unique quality found in small communities. With a historic character, a temperate climate, friendly citizens, and a variety of recreational opportunities… Campbell County is a proud community.
Campbell County was created in 1806 from Anderson and Claiborne Counties. Campbell County was named in honor of Col. Arthur Campbell (1743-1811). Col. Campbell was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and an Officer during the Revolutionary War.
Native Americans first lived in this area and several settlements have been excavated. The largest known site was located at present day Cove Lake State Park. The natural beauty and abundant resources attracted settlers as early as 1740. Elk, deer, and buffalo were common both in the richly timbered mountains and wide well-watered valleys. Resources such as timber and later iron and coal were exploited. While such resources formed the basis of early industry, agriculture was the primary commercial activity until the 20th century.
People in Campbell County are involved. Pride in their work and the ability to influence their community provide the incentive for involvement. Volunteers have a chance to participate in many organizations and clubs, including the Chamber of Commerce. Established by business leaders throughout the community, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer, non-profit organization working to create a better business climate in Campbell County.