While driving this morning, I was listening to a radio program out of Rock Hill. I'm not sure what station it was on but what caught my attention was that the program was about preservation & restoration of endangered properties in SC. The gentleman speaking was Lois Roman of the organization Citizens for Historic Preservation. He spoke about encouraging the public to get involved in saving endangered properties and the historical importance of preserving history. I thought about just how close Laurelwood came to being lost forever. We believe that it was within 6 months of collapsing when the new owners were able to get the foundation secure. I am forever grateful to the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation for stepping in when they did in an effort to save Laurelwood. I am exceedingly grateful to the new owners who had a vision and a dream to restore Laurelwood. With much sacrifice and blood, sweat and tears on their part we are seeing this dream realized! Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough to say to them.
Anyway, back to the radio program....Lois Roman was talking about the importance of knowing the history of a property. Learning about the people who lived there and stories tied to the property give the property a personality! I thought this was so great and this idea was one of the reasons that I wanted to start this blog. I wanted to preserve the stories of Laurelwood and the memory of the people that lived there.
Many people have lived under the roof of the Big House or on the property of what is called Laurelwood Plantation. Finding out about these people and the lives they lived there will continue to shape the personality of the house. Also the new owners will add their own personality to the property, continuing to give life to Laurelwood.
I am excited to have the opportunity to be at Laurelwood once again this coming weekend. The Seays and the Campbells will meet up again along with other friends and family at the second "Laurelwood Gathering".
Preservation and Restoration is a must if we are to continue teaching children about history and if we are to continue learning from the past. Please make an effort to be involved in some way with the preservation and restoration of historical properties.