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.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A few old photos.

I am fascinated with the old photos of family that have been sent to me by family members that I have become newly acquainted with.  I am sure that there is a lot more out there that have information about the history of Laurelwood and the Campbell and Seay families. Here is my great grandmother Nancy Jane who was married to Thomas Belton Campbell.  Their son was Jasper Hampton Campbell (my Grandfather) who purchased Laurelwood in 1908.  Laurelwood was actually the Campbell's Summer home .  The main plantation was the Leesburg Plantation. The summers were spent at Laurelwood because it was cooler closer to the river. When the Leesburg plantation burned to the ground the family moved over to Laurelwood permanently. I am not sure what year that took place.  The Leesburg Plantation was located somewhere in the vicinity where Leesburg road ends at highway 601.
Nancy Jane McCaskill Campbell
Photo courtesy of Becky Allen
Here is a great old photo of my great grandmother Nancy Jane Campbell and my great Aunt Lillie Campbell.  The dresses are beautiful!
Lillie and Nancy Jane Campbell
Photo courtesy of Becky Allen

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