This blog is a tribute to this grand home and all those who who have ties to Laurelwood. As the grandaughter of Jasper Hampton Campbell who purchased Laurelwood in 1908, I have many wonderful memories as a young child visiting Laurelwood. We fondly called it "The Big House". There were Easter egg hunts on the front lawn, Christmas celebrations, Sunday dinners, and a lot of time rocking in the rocking chairs on the front porch as my aunts shared stories about life on the Laurelwood plantation. They talked to us about their experiences and shared stories that their parents told them of life and happenings in the lower richland area. Many of these stories have been forgotten. I hope to bring these great stories back to life and preserve them just as Laurelwood is being brought back to life and preserved. There are hidden treasures to be revealed. A legacy to be handed down and passed on.
Let me help you look past the physical imperfections that you notice on first glance to see the hidden beauty that's just waiting to be revealed once again. The stories and information shared here will link the past to the present. There is much to be learned and many memories to share so that all can see the true beauty of ....Laurelwood.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Family Ties part 1

My brother, Doug Campbell, Grandson of Jasper Hampton Campbell and son to Douglas Quentin Campbell has this to share about his memories of stories told by the family. Jasper Hampton's father, was Thomas Belton Campbell, he fought in the Civil war. After being taken prisoner then released, he walked barefoot to SC from Virginia after the surrender at Appomattox. He (Thomas Belton) may have been an aide to General Wade Hampton. Thomas's son Jasper Hampton Campbell (I wonder where the Hampton may have come from?) moved his family to Laurelwood in 1908 after their family home called the Leesburg Plantation burned to the ground. Also, I remember that Daddy had told me that the reason that Sherman's troops possibly didn't burn the house during the Civil war was that there may have been a lot of trees(on either side of the avenue) and they could not see it, or because a pastor used to reside there. He had told me that at one time there was a well just to the right of the right entrance to the property coming from the avenue and then take a slight right and then left coming in where Civil war soldiers would get water. The 4 corners of the house are on the North, South, East and West points of the compass. As best I can remember, Jasper Hampton had a sister Lilly, and a brother Andrew who I think at one time was the county commissioner of Richland County. Daddy had told me that his father used to run a shingle mill and a saw mill and had also been quite a successful planter and merchant before the depression and that he could have gotten out of the business and been wealthy enough at one point to not have to worry about anything, but he felt a responsibility to the community to keep the business going. After the depression nearly everything was lost except for the family home and surrounding property. Daddy had told me that they grew food and sold it to a prison that was close by(I don't remember which one). He said that our grandmother (Minnie) had come up with the idea to grow iceberg lettuce one winter and that they were able to survive a particularly hard year from the proceeds of the sale of the iceberg lettuce. He had also told me that the children had to ride in the back of a pickup truck to Columbia and he remembered wearing clothes with patches on them and taking baskets of produce into the buildings to sell to the people who worked in various offices in Columbia. I think that he felt humiliated by this experience. The children were Jasper Hampton Jr(JH),Nancy, Annie, Grace, Margaret, Calvin, Quentin(daddy) and Ben. When we stayed over for the night, if we heard a noise that could not be explained we were told that it was "Mr. Lead-in-ham in the attic"(the resident ghost). Ghost stories were told though I don't remember many of them except for one where someone would see a lady on the road at night and pick her up and then when they would reach their destination she would be gone.

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