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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A glimpse from the '90's.

We always enjoyed rocking in the rocking chairs on the front porch of the Big House.

My husband was rocking our daughter here in this picture that was taken around 1991-92. I think he was supposed to be rocking her to get her to take a nap, but I think he must have rocked himself to sleep!!!
I think this must have been around spring of 1992 in the picture below. My Daddy was living alone at the big house then. The azalea bushes had begun to get way out of control by this time. I imagine now that I know how vicious and fierce the bamboo was that it was all Daddy could do to keep that at bay and keep the grass cut. I was thrilled to find this picture below of my favorite china cabinet. I blogged about it several posts back and it is way more beautiful than I even remembered. Wow would you look at my BIG hair! That is me in the back and my oldest child was a toddler. This picture was taken in the front room to the right of the front door. I spent many hours as a little girl sitting in front of this china cabinet imagining table settings and dinner parties that I would host with beautiful dishes. The other recessed cabinet in the wall in the photo below held other special dishes and keepsakes including a collection of mustache cups. Here I am with my Daddy and my daughter. Another photo from the early 1990's. This also was taken in the front room of the house.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Laurelwood Plantation Pound Cake

My aunts were great cooks. When it was a birthday, they would ask what our favorite cake was and we would tell them and they would make it for us. I vaguely remember a cake called a Ribbon cake, I think that was my brother Doug's favorite.  My brother Steve liked a German Chocolate cake. Me, well I just liked a plain pound cake!!! I still do!!!

Lemon Pound Cake with Mint, Berries and Cream
Photo from Southern Living Magazine
I have had so many requests for the recipe for my pound cake that I brought to the Laurelwood Family Gathering in April that I decided to post the recipe here and give my pound cake recipe a new name.  Here is the recipe! Make it and share it with someone.

Laurelwood Plantation Pound Cake
By Myra Campbell Phillips

6 eggs                                   ¼ tsp. salt
1 cup butter                          ¼ tsp. baking soda
3 cups sugar                         1 tsp. orange extract
1 8oz sour cream                  1 tsp. lemon extract
3 cups all-purpose flour       1 tsp. vanilla extract (must be real)
Leave butter out to soften and once it is soft cream butter with a mixer, then gradually add in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time.  In separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, and soda.  Add flour to the mixing bowl of batter alternating with the sour cream, and ending with the flour. Add the extracts (I am a bit heavy handed with the extract because I like a lot of flavor, so it may be a tad more than a teaspoon of each.)  Pour batter into a greased tube pan that has been greased with butter and lightly floured.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes.