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, March 18, 2011

Campbell Family Tree and interesting Tid-bits

The Jasper Hampton Campbell family can be traced back to Captain James Campbell who was born in Campbelltown Scotland about 1720.
Campbeltown Scotland Photo courtesy of Undiscovered Scotland
He came to Charles Town(Charleston) first and then was contracted to build the second fort at the Congarees located somewhere near Granby and Cayce by the river. This information comes from the research of Genealogist Beiman Otis Prince.  There was a Fort 1 and Fort 2 at the Congarees and were the first establishments in the Columbia area.  I find this so interesting, especially so since I live in the area not far from where my great, great, great, great Grandfather walked this land.

Ancestry tree courtesy of Florence Keels
Another interesting tidbit to note is that Leesburg Road ( primary road in Richland county) got it's name from the Leesburg Plantation which was also owned by my Grandfather Jasper Hampton Campbell.  Leesburg Road led to the plantation which was primarily a cotton plantation.  Laurelwood was the Campbell's summer home because it was cooler there with the breeze coming from the river.  The Leesburg Plantation burned to the ground due to a fire from the wood stove chimney.  When I was little it was a favorite story of mine to hear about the day the house burned down.  My Daddy recalls a man riding up on horseback early in the morning yelling to my Grandafther "Mr. Campbell!  Your house is on fire!!!"The family all got out and watched the house burn to the ground as there was not enough water or time to save it.  The family then made their permanent home at Laurelwood.  

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