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

The slave cabin

Laurelwood at one time was a working plantation that had slaves.  There may have been up to 17 slave cabins that were located behind the house. Here is what remains of one of those structures.

 From some of my research I am glad to say that my family ancestors who were slave owners were good and kind and loving to those who shared a life with them on the plantation.  Even after slavery ended the workers stayed on and were treated as part of the family.  Well into the 1960's there were descendants of the earlier slaves who lived on the property of Laurelwood and helped as groundskeeper and helped my aunts out with other work around the house.  I have been trying to locate some of those descendants.  If you are reading this and would have any information that would help me, please feel free to leave me a comment.

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