Two weeks from today is the Laurelwood Family Gathering. I am really looking forward to seeing relatives of the Campbell family and meeting and getting to know those who are coming from my "Laurelwood Family". It is pretty amazing that a home can connect so many people's lives together. I am anxious to meet the members of the Seay family. Their ancestor James Seay was the original builder of the home who constructed Laurelwood possibly around 1830 and may have called it the Sandhills Plantation according to Mike Bedenbaugh of the Palmetto Trust. Some recent documents that I have seen however make me wonder if the plantation may have been called Shady Grove at one time. I would love it if someone has some more information about that thought and could share with me. But, concerning the get together, I am also anxious to meet the relatives that are coming that I have never met before but have been in contact with through this blog. I also can hardly wait to meet the new owners who will be reviving and restoring Laurelwood. I know that they are going to love this home as much as I do.
I received a great photo a few weeks ago of my Uncle Calvin along with another cousin of ours, Nancy. My Uncle Calvin is my father's brother and the last child who is living of Jasper Hampton and Minnie Campbell. He was in town recently and I hope he will be able to make it back for the gathering. It has been 23 years since I have seen him and I would love the chance to get to talk with him again.