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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Walk Through the Big House!

I was able to do something today that I have wanted to do for a long time.  I was able to walk my children through "the Big House".  My oldest child who turns 20 this month remembered visits there when she was small when we would visit my Daddy.  However, my other 4 children had never been inside.
Michael Bedenbaugh was there today doing a walk through for the Richland County Conservation Commission and invited me out to see what was going on. Of course I was thrilled to have the chance to walk through the house again and show it to my children. I got to show them the bannister where I used to slide down the stairs!
Also the room that I used to sleep in when I visited.
I was a bit overcome with emotion when I first walked in the house. I was a little bit caught off guard with my feelings. It's been 15 years since my father died and he moved away from here the year before he died. This was my first time ever being back in the house without my father being here and it just seemed natural to walk in and expect to see him in his favorite chair. But he wasn't there.
His chair sat in this spot to the left of the fireplace.  This was actually the dining room but my 3 aunts used it for a dining room/family room. They had their rocking chairs and special chairs lined up and a television in this room.  The long dining room table used to go here.
The table sat to the right of the fireplace longways in front of the door that leads to the kitchen.
They have had some major clearing of the overgrowth going on.  This area to the left of the house was once a beautiful garden area. It can be again!!!
Here we are looking out the back from the top floor.  This area used to be a nice manicured grassy lawn where we played croquet and horseshoes. The cane has literally taken over!

2 comments:

  1. Myra, I first noticed this home when looking for historic homes for sale. Can't tell you how excited I was when first seeing it. Although I realize the condition it's now in, i can truly see the beauty it once was & can be again. To put it simply, it's my dream home! Unfortunately, with times as they are, it's financially unavailable to me at the present. Still hoping & dreaming though! In 2008 I lost my oldest son, age 19, in a car wreck. Since then, my life has forever changed. But, I can remember one of our last talks with me telling him how much I wanted to move to my dream historic home & how I wanted him to join us. Maybe one day this will happen and he will join me there, in spirit. Thank you for sharing Laurelwood. Deneace Reel-Ms.

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  2. Laurelwood is one of those places that we just happen upon that takes our breath away. It is the kind of home that not only touches our heart, it speaks to our very soul. I am so happy to know that there are others who also see past the peeling paint and crumbling plaster to the beauty and potential of Laurelwood. Thank goodness this lovely home will be protected and restored.
    --Adrienne

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