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Campobello — Campobello, South Carolina

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Campobello is located in northwestern Spartanburg County. Before the Civil War the land was part of a large plantation owned by Joseph Davis. One day, as visitors were leaving on horseback, they stopped and looked back at the rolling farmland and someone in the group exclaimed, “Campa bella” meaning “beautiful field.”

Campobello Mountain View

Michael Johnson of Spartanburg, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Because it was such a fitting description, Davis adopted the Italian phrase as the name for his estate. A room in Mr. Davis’ home was designated as the area post office. The change from Campabella to Campobello probably occurred as a result of a postal clerk’s poor handwriting. Today, Campobello is surrounded by peach and apple orchards, and especially in the Spring when the fruit trees bloom, it is still “Campa bella.”

Campobello Sunset

Amy Arendall-Burnett of New Prospect, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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One Comment about Campobello

Duane Goins says:
October 22nd, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Very nice.


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