The gentle rolling hills of the Piedmont create some of the most beautiful vistas in the Upstate. Nestled right in the middle of the rolling hills and almost completely surrounded by orchards is the town of Campobello.
Campobello is located in the northwestern part of Spartanburg County and though it does sit very close to, or even right in the middle of, major interstates and surface highways, its quaint feel and country roots have remained untouched by the roadways and even by time.
Traveling through or to Campobello, one will notice that it is only three miles from Interstate 26 (exit 5), and that U.S. 176, U.S. 357 and Scenic Highway 11 run through town at different points.
However, even with all the highways and interstates, Campobello remains somehow a reminiscent step back into the past, with its older homes, quaint downtown, and local shops and eateries. The hometown feel and knowing your neighbor make it a great place to find property. Campobello takes you back in time, where people knew each other by name, spoke to each other on the street, helped a neighbor who needed it and simply were more interconnected.
Campobello itself is a small town with a reported population of less than 500 people. It got its start as a large plantation owned by Joseph Davis. One day, as a group of visitors were leaving the plantation, one of them turned to look back at the view consisting of the farmland, the rolling hills and the vast expanse of land. He declared the sight “campa bella” meaning “beautiful field.” And, because it was such a fitting description of the area, Davis adopted the Italian expression as the name of his estate.
Many years before the Civil War, Davis’ children Mary Davis Dean and John Blankston Davis operated the large family farming interests along the South Pacolet River. Part of this plantation forms a portion of present day Campobello. Dean, a young widow, would ride up to their plantation on horseback from Spartanburg where she resided with her daughter Lula, to keep an eye on the plantation’s activities.
As time went on, a room in the plantation home was designated as the area post office and after the Civil War this practice continued. The room became known as the U.S. Post Office for Campobello and would receive mail each Friday.
Upon its official incorporation on Feb. 9, 1882, the town was officially known as Campobello. The name change from Campa Bella was most likely due to the poor penmanship of a postal clerk.
Campobello would grow, but the growth was slow. The 1860 Census reported a total of 122 residents and showed that 15 of the total 18 households were farmers by trade. At the end of the Civil War, the town had grown to include only 201 residents and 21 households.
During World War I, portions of Campobello were designated as a staging area for the Army and a tent city for the troops appeared. Recruits were housed in the tent city and traveled down Highway 11 for arms training in Gowensville, 4.5 miles away.
The Town Hall and Police Department are both located on Main Street in a 1940s-era building that once housed a doctor’s office.
In 1956, Campobello residents organized and funded a volunteer fire department, even raising enough money to purchase the town’s first fire truck.
The fire department was housed on Main Street as well, and the home located across the street was one of the few to have telephone service, so when there was a fire call the owners would take the message, go outside and set off the fire bell that was located on their front porch. Now just a memory, the home that had the fire bell has been renovated and sold many times and all evidence of it once being the first line of communication to the fire department has disappeared through the years.
Today, Campobello is still surrounded by apple and peach orchards and in the spring when the fruit trees bloom the rolling hills create views that are simply stunning.
With the last census reporting a mere 502 people and the town having a total land area of less than one square mile, there is no wonder why it is still a hidden jewel of the Upstate.
Did you know… Apples
Did you know? The northwestern part of South Carolina and just over the boundary into North Carolina is home to many apple orchards, with some of the farms offering a you-pick style service. Apples can be found year-round in your local grocery store, but of course, they are best when picked fresh from the tree. With lots of growers nearby, it makes choosing fresh apples an easy option. From varieties like Ginger Golds that ripen as early as the end of July to some heirloom varieties like Arkansas Black that are not typically ready until mid to late October, the apple season in South Carolina is a long one.
Did you know… Peaches
Did you know? A peach tree cultivated under favorable conditions will set more fruit than it is capable of successfully carrying to maturity. Branches may break and the fruits typically have poor color and taste. To prevent limb breakage and ensure good fruit quality, excess fruits must be removed or thinned. Hand-thin the tree about four weeks after full bloom, spacing the peaches about six inches apart on the limb. Source: clemson.edu
Area Real Estate Market
A quick search for homes and properties located in the Campobello area reveals approximately 120 properties available for purchase. Out of those 120 properties, approximately 50 are land listings.
Land listings range in size and price from 95 acres priced at $1.15 million to a quarter-acre lot currently priced at $25,000. So there are many options for land purchases in the area; it just depends on what size lot/acreage, which location and what style views or land usage you are looking for as to which property is best for you.
Homes in this area also have a wide range of prices, style and availability. From $6.85 million to below $100,000 — the housing market in the area offers a full range of opportunities for home seekers.