Special thanks to Alma Boone for bringing Laurelwood Plantation to our attention.
- Location Eastover, Richland County
200 Campbell Road off Highway 378
- Origin of name The Campbells named the plantation after the wild mountain laurel that grows on the property (2).
- Other names Originally called Sandhills Plantation (3, p. 20)
- Current status Privately owned and being restored (2012)
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- Circa 1830 House built by James H. Seay (1)
- ? Seay donated a piece of the plantation's property along Highway 378 to the Good Hope Baptist Church which built a building there about 1857 (3, p. 20).
- ? Upon Seay's death, the plantation passed to his daughter Celia who was married to Rev. Charles Augustus Stiles (3, p. 20).
- 1908 Rev. Stiles died and Jasper Hampton Campbell purchased the plantation. Campbell moved his family there after his plantation, Leesburg Plantation, was destroyed by fire. It is believe the Campbell family renamed the plantation Laurelwood (1, 2).
Three of Campbell's daughters would live their lives out at Laurelwood with the plantation remaining in the Campbell family for nearly 90 years (3, p. 20).
- 1994 Laurelwood was sold with renters taking up residence for the next five years (New Life for Laurelwood, p. 20).
- 1999 The house has stood empty since the renters moved out (3, p. 20).
- 2011 The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation had acquired the property by this time and had placed an easement on it. The organization was actively seeking a buyer that would restore Laurelwood Plantation (4).
- 2011 On April 15, Jeremy and Jackie Thomas became owners of Laurelwood and began a restoration project of the house and slave cabin (4).
- Number of acres 2,500 in 1850 (1); 425 in 1860 (1); 28 in 2010 (3, p. 20-21)
- Primary crop Cotton, corn, and rice (3, p. 20)
- Chronological list James H Seay (1845-?); Rev. Charles Augustus and Celia Seay Stiles; Jasper Hampton Campbell (1908-?); Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation (?-2011); Jeremy and Jackie Thomas (2011-present, 2012)
- Number of slaves ?
- Two-story Greek Revival house, a smokehouse, slave cabin, and barn are on the property. (1, 4).
Extensive restoration of the house began in 2011 and on the slave cabin in 2012 (4).
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1986
Photographs, architectural overview
- The Legacy of Laurelwood - Myra Campbell Phillips remembers family stories of life at Laurelwood - includes great pictures!
- Donna Thorne, New Life for Laurelwood, (Columbia, SC: Sandlapper, Autumn 2010)
- Joseph McGill, The Slave Dwelling Project: The One That Got Away - includes picture and video of tv news story, 2012
– Blog update - 2013
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