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A Visit from the Queens

On a sunny spring day in April, we had the pleasure of hosting Mr. and Mrs. Queen, the previous owners of 294 Rope Mill Road (also known as Camellia Place). As it was their first time visiting the property since selling it to become the home of Camellia Place, we wanted their trip to be a special one. They were overwhelmed at the beauty of their property as well as the purpose it will serve as seniors move to our community for assisted living care. A lifelong legacy if you will. The couple told stories about how Mrs. Queen planted the black walnut trees that were used in creating the beautiful library conference table where they were seated. Interestingly, she said the power company complained that she had planted the trees under the power lines. We appreciate her leaving the trees there, regardless of what the power company had to say.

The Queens visit Camellia Place.

Later in the Queens’ visit, our founders Lauren and Denise presented the couple with unique and special ink pens. The pens were made from the same wood of the black walnut trees: the same wood that created our library table, and the same wood that the power company had words about so long ago. The pens are a part of a special collection crafted by a woodworker in North Carolina.

Camellia Place is a place of legacy. While the two black walnut trees are no longer standing, their impact on us, and on the Queens, lives on.


The Design: Organic and Natural

Such careful consideration and concern for legacy and nature would not occur to most developers. But for Camellia Place founding Partners Denise Swords and Lauren Clifton, the story of the trees that lived for more than 55 years on the property at 294 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock and the preservation of their legacy were important to the evolving story of Camellia Place.

“This is not like any other project we’ve worked on,” said Steve Sanchez, principal with HGOR, landscape architects for Camellia Place. “It is new and different because of the involvement of Lauren and Denise, versus a corporate structure. It’s very personal.”
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The Craftsman and Camellia Place: Bringing Dreams to Life

Greg Michael grew up in a woodworking family. He worked in the shop of his father and brother, but he wanted to do something different than the family business. Yet, when he and his wife were building their home, they chose to do all of the interior work themselves. And Michael rediscovered his passion for woodworking.

Today, Michael is the pastor for Woodstock Community Church on Rope Mill Road, just down the street from Camellia Place. He also founded Mi-Kin Creations, a name that stands for “Kin Folk.” Michael’s two sons, Gregory and Jonathan, also have ownership in the business and are talented craftsmen in their own right.
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The Library: Our Future is Rooted in Our Past

Two black walnut trees stood tall for more than 55 years at 294 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock. They were planted by landowner James Queen, a cabinetmaker. They not only gave shade on hot, sunny days and provided relief from a hard day’s work, but Queen also used nuts from the trees in his furniture dyes. While they may no longer be standing, the trees occupy an important place in the story of Camellia Place.
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