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Rockbrook: P.T. Barnum's Connection To The Camp

 
Series: Picturing The Past | Story 1

Last updated 9/7/2020 at 1:14pm

The Clarke home at Rockbrook faced west and sat on a rise with a large lawn. (Courtesy photo)

H.P. (Henry Peck) Clarke was from a prominent Bridgeport, Conn., family. In his late twenties, Clarke bought a large property outside of Columbia, S.C., known as Goodwill Plantation, in hopes of improving his health.

Clarke's first wife, Julia Caroline Hurd, was the granddaughter of P.T. Barnum, founder of Barnum and Bailey Circus. After her death, he married Mary Jane Macfie, daughter of Capt. James Macfie. Macfie commanded Company H "Congaree Troop" 2nd Regiment South Carolina Cavalry, part of Wade Hampton's Legion.

The Clarke family began spending summers in Transylvania County in 1898....



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