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.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I love this photo. This was my father, Douglas Quentin Campbell when he was a small boy.

Everyone called him Quentin. He was the fifth child of Jasper and Minnie. He was also the last member of the Campbell family to live in the Big House. The property was owned by the Campbell family for almost a century.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Family Treasures

The Big House was once filled with antiques. As a little girl I would sit in front of a china cabinet much like this one
and gaze at the lovely dishes and tea cups that were stored inside. There were many different china patterns of plates and cups and silver and glassware that my aunts had lovingly displayed and stored in the china cabinet. I guess this is where I got my love for dishes. I collect plates (much to my husband's dismay) and am especially drawn to the patterns with old country roses

or the blue and white staffordshire.

There was also a fantastic collection of antique mustache cups. I plan to do a separate post about them soon so make sure you check back! There was an abundance of pretty things to look at including items of significant historical value. Precious items and keepsakes that were meant to be passed down from generation to generation. It is so sad when I think about how most of these items were auctioned off on a cold winter day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Learning about your family history and ancestors is an incredible experience. I had heard stories and tales through the years but I had never written anything down. I knew that my aunts had done some extensive research but after they each died and then the Big House was sold and my father died, I thought that all the information was lost. I am grateful for contacts who have been providing much information on the Campbell family history. I knew that the Campbell family had owned a lot of land at one time and it is interesting to know that the Campbell family owned some of the land that is now Fort Jackson. I recently found out that there is a reunion of the Fort Jackson Landowners that takes place annually I believe. I am sorry to say that I was unable to attend this event that took place this past weekend. I am sure that some great information about family and history was exchanged. If you are reading this blog and attended that event please share some comments. I would love to hear about it!
Here is a great photo of my 4 aunts and one of my uncles when they were young. I had never seen this picture before. Thanks again to Mrs. Florence Keels.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The connections I have been making as a result of this blog have been so interesting.  I feel as if I have made new friends and have been acquainted with family members I did not even know that I had. It's been GREAT.  A recent comment has led to a wealth of information about the Campbell family and some wonderful photos. I am so grateful to Mrs. Florence Keels for sharing these wonderful photos and information.
The "Big House" photo taken in the '70's

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Laurelwood has been featured in the current issue of the Sandlapper Magazine Make sure you pick up a copy and check it out.
Here is another photo of my grandparents Jasper & Minnie and some of the children.  Thanks so much to Chip Campbell for sending me the photo.  The most exciting thing to me about this blog is making the connections with family and people who have ties with Laurelwood.  Hearing the stories of others and the memories they share about Laurelwood is what will keep Laurelwood alive.