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, May 20, 2011

Winning Photo

I was two when my cousin Margaret Ann took this photograph on the porch at the Big House. Margaret Ann was very talented and creative with any thing she put her hands on whether it was a camera, a paint brush or a pen. This photo won the Blue Ribbon at the SC State Fair that year! This picture hung in the front room of the big house alongside a picture of my brother Steve until 1994 when the house was sold. I also found out that Margaret Ann was the painter of the painting that I used to admire mentioned in another blog post.
A lot of years have passed and here is me at age 48 standing in the very same spot as the above photo.
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1 comment:

  1. HI Myra: What a beautiful blog and site you have. My name is Peggy heckler. My great-great grandfather was William James Ammons of Camden. He and his family moved to Calhoun Falls, SC in the late 1800s. This past weekend, in honor of my mom's 85th birthday, we made our first trip to Camden and met our cousin Bill Ammons. We are trying to piece together our connections to the Ammons family in Camden that we never knew.

    I see that your great grandfather was named Thomas Belton Campbell. My grandmother, Sadie Ammons Wilson, had a brother named Thomas Belton Ammons. That may be just a coincidence, but I wonder. I know that Minnie Ammons was somehow related to our Ammons line, but I'm not clear how. Do you know?

    Thank you so much for posting such wonderful photos of the house and your relatives-- and telling your family's story. It's exciting to find people to whom we may have some family connection, even if it's a distant one.

    I live in Yazoo City, Mississippi. My mom is in Anderson, SC. My email address is (work) and (home).

    All the best to you,


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