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Historic Courthouse

The Campbell County Historical Society is very proud to present the Historic Courthouse Museum.

We are located at 774 Village Highway, Rustburg, VA. Our current exhibit is Campbell County and World War II. We are also in the process of setting up our next display on Campbell County Schools. At this time the museum is open by appointment only. To contact us to set up a time to tour the beautiful old courthouse and see our wide variety of Campbell County Memorabilia you may contact us by writing to

Campbell County Historic Courthouse Museum
P.O. Box 595
Rustburg, VA 24588

To make an appointment you may call Robert Merryman (434) 821-1681, Revely Carwile, Jr. (434) 384-8208 or Amelia Talley (434) 384-2859.

We are also collecting information about Campbell County and WWII. If you know of someone that served in the war, whether it is a relative, neighbor or friend please download this Veteran's Information form, fill it out to the best of your ability and send it back to us. Please do NOT send us your original photo. If you would like your photo returned please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you prefer you may email a scanned copy of your photo along with the information that is on the form to us at

Last updated September 12, 2010

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Our Current Exhibit
Campbell County Schools

The Museum Committee has begun the transition of exhibits in the Historic Courthouse Museum. Many items of the World War II exhibits have been returned to their lenders, while others will remain on display in the Witness Room for planned Veterans Day activities. WW II items on display this fall also will include uniforms and others items not previously shown.

The Jury Room is being prepared with new exhibits. These include a recent acquisition, an oil portrait of William Anselm Clark. Displays of photographs portray prominent homes and structures of Rustburg. Several displays feature the Agricultural Fair of 1913. Additional items from the 1913 fair are sought.

Campbell County Schools will be prominent features in these new exhibits - but we need your help… We need all CCHS members to join with the committee.

School histories are a means to draw the entire county together in the historic courthouse. From private academies or tutors to the beginnings of public schools… One- room schools… Two- rooms… Community schools and rural schools… We hope to have photographs and memories of every school, but we need your help to do that.

As with the WW II exhibits, the Historic Courthouse Museum serves as a focal point to ongoing research efforts. We are working to compile information, photographs, and artifacts to be featured in a future book, Campbell County in World War II. An oral history project accompanies the book project, to gather the memories of veterans and family members, and of home front experiences.

The Museum Committee will take the lead to compile information regarding Campbell Co. schools. Oral histories will be recorded. Photographs, documents, and other items are needed. Research help is needed, to help locate the school sites, and to identify, record, and photograph surviving structures. GPS data will help to pinpoint sites and with efforts to add school sites to a comprehensive map of Campbell Co. and its history, to show the schools and villages along with the old roads, mills, prominent homes, and as many churches as we can locate.

As we step toward these long-term goals, we are focusing now on exhibits to be ready before Veterans Day.

Please check your attics, bookshelves, and scrapbooks. We are interested in names of teachers and of students, photos of schools, and other items. Do you remember the bucket, taken to the spring, or drawn from the well, and the dipper shared by the students? We are looking for good examples of these items, for display in the museum. Perhaps you could send us a photo or description of an early desk, with folding seat and inkwell. Does anyone have a bench from an early school, photos of classroom interiors, slates used to write lessons? Of course, if you see items that are WW II- related, keep us in mind and let us know what we may copy, scan, gather for display, or add to the lists of men and women who served.

Please contact committee members about these items or watch for announcements of museum workdays.

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Campbell County Schools

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We Need Volunteers!
The Society needs to have reliable volunteers to serve on a variety of committees to make the Old Courthouse Museum a success. Please review the following assignments and choose at least one that you believe you can help with. You may download a volunteer form to mail to us with your choice marked. We will contact you ASAP!

Acquisitions and Appraisals
Coordinate the receipt and cataloguing of museum materials (could involve transport).

Arrange and display exhibits using appropriate themes, sometimes as directed by the museum advisory board or as requested by county schools or other agencies.

Museum Docent /Guide or Visitor Center Volunteer
Direct visitors to exhibits, answer questions, help county visitors and sales.

Formulate and carry out projects in order to raise money in support of the museum.

Develop and implement storage and preservation of exhibit and miscellaneous materials not currently being used.

Help obtain donations of supplies, display cases, brochures, etc… for museum and visitors center.
You may contact Rob Merryman (434) 821-1681.

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Museum Committee Contacts
Rob Merryman (434) 821-1681
Reve Carwile (434) 384-8208
Amelia Talley (434) 384-2859
Barbara Keys
Bill Gates (434) 332-3322
Anita Jordan (434) 332-7185
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Items We Need
Flatbed Scanner
Digital Sound Recorder
Glass Exhibit Cases
Mannequin or dressmaker figures
10ft.(or longer) Ladder Thank-you Lavorn Maddox Driscoll!
New Computer (To handle large graphics)
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Current Exhibit Brochures
Historic Courthouse Brochure
World War II
Some Gave All

Past Exhibit Brochures
Peggie & Claude Kilgore
Marian Cardwell Tweedy
Bennett Cardwell
Olive Taylor Cardwell
George Carmichael, Georgia Morgan, Arline Whitlow

Veteran's Information Form
Art Show Registration Form
CCHS Membership Form
Example of Newsletter
Cemetery Book Order Form
Museum Volunteer Form

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