What an exciting day of sharing information about family history. My Saturday started early with the Fort Jackson Landowners Descendants Reunion. Reggie Seay, a great, great, great, great (not sure how many greats) grandson of James Seay who we believe was the builder of Laurelwood, did a wonderful presentation of the history of Laurelwood. His presentation included some amazing video which showed the original hand hewn beams that Laurelwood was constructed with are still structurally sound and intact. They don't build houses like this anymore. Laurelwood was built to last!
|Reggie Seay doing a presentation on Laurelwood|
|Photo by Cliff Tucker|
|Paintings done from old photographs by Florence Keels photo by Cliff Tucker|
To top off an already great day, we were invited out to the country home of my cousin Becky Dunn (Lillie Campbell Dunn's) granddaughter. Becky and I also connected through Florence and my blog. We didn't even know each other existed until last year. Becky invited us out to her home for an evening meal. When I stepped out of the car at her house I thought I had "died and gone to heaven"! Gorgeous house, barn, horses, flowers, garden all out in the country.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Florence presented Becky and me with one of the portraits she had painted. Becky received the one of her Grandmother Lillie Campbell and I received the one of my Grandfather Jasper Hampton Campbell. Here we are in the photo below with Florence in the middle. I was beyond thrilled to be the recipient of the painting of my Grandfather.
|Florence in the middle presented her paintings to Becky and me.|
|Florence and her son Michael in front of 100+ year old barn|
|Close-up of wooden barn with pine beams|
Look at the construction of this barn! Solid as a rock!!! Does anybody else get as excited as I do with history and seeing these rare treasures? I love it! Would you just look at those pine beams and how they fit together to construct this barn. I think it's quite fascinating.
All in all, it was a wonderful day of learning about our history and developing relationships and keeping the legacy of Laurelwood alive.