Campbell House has its fair share of mysteries, ranging from odd architectural quirks of the building to questions about the intricacies of the Campbell family’s history. But there are a couple recurring modern mysteries that rear their puzzling heads every few months here at the Museum. Not that we’re complaining, in fact we look forward to them! But that hasn’t stopped us from trying to get to the bottom of who’s behind them!
The Half-Dollar Donor
Every couple of months, we’ll go to open our big beautiful double front doors and find a silver surprise hanging out on the front steps. Sometimes there’s just one, sometimes as many as three or four, but the gift is always the same: a Kennedy 50 cent piece. The years on the coins range from 1971 all the way up to 1995 and, to date, this mystery person has left more than thirty of them! A couple of weeks ago, two of the coins mysteriously appeared in the middle of the afternoon, between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Thanks to some nifty features of our security system, we could look back at video of our front steps during the time period and we found… absolutely nothing. So the mystery continues…
Birthday Card Bewilderment
We’re always a little extra excited to get the mail when a Campbell birthday is coming up and we watch our calendar pretty closely as a result. We obviously aren’t alone in our birthday vigilance, because on the birthdays of Robert and Virginia Campbell and their sons Hugh, Hazlett, and James (there were TEN MORE children, but unfortunately none survived past their 8th birthdays) a mysterious birthday card arrives without fail, marked with a return address of “Somewhere in Time”. Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated James’ (the baby of the family) 154th birthday and, like clockwork, we got a charming card in the mail. What’s extra neat is that this mystery birthday card-sender takes care to get the cards in the mail so that they arrive right on the birthday itself- that’s dedication, folks. Here are just a few of the cards and some of our particular favorites.
So there you have it. Campbell House has oodles of mysteries, old and new. Swing by and see us sometime, we’d be happy to give you the Magical Mystery Tour: CHM style.