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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Historian scheduled to spend the night in slave cabin!

"Ol' Mac's"  Cabin
Great news! Historian and National Trust officer Joe McGill is planning to spend the night at Laurelwood Plantation in one of the existing slave quarters.  Mr. McGill has traveled around SC and spent the night in other slave cabins on old plantations and properties to raise awareness about preservation.  He is planning to stay in the structure that we called Ol'Mac's cabin.
    According to my aunts, Ol Mac was a descendent of slaves or laborers that worked on the plantation.  As best as I can remember, he was given this cabin to live in while he served as a caretaker/groundskeeper of the property.  I think he may have still been around in the '60's.  I remember my Daddy taking us down to Ol'Mac's cabin where we would set up old tin cans and practice shooting the rifle.
  I will have more information SOON about Mr. McGill's sleepover but I was just so excited about it that I couldn't wait to share.  In conjunction with this event will be a gathering at Laurelwood of family members from the the Seay and Campbell families.  Keep checking back as I will post details as soon as I have them.

1 comment:

  1. I just discovered this Beautiful diamond in the rough. I cant believe I even found a blog to go with it. You have no idea how long Ive been looking for an abandoned Greek Revival that meets all my expectations. Can you tell me more about Laurelwood? Why was it abandoned? How long has it been since anyone lived in it? Any information is appreciated? Thank you

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