Among Dean Campbell’s greatest delights is to share his knowledge of, and love for, the Dark Corner with individuals and groups through informal talks, formal presentations, documentary screenings, classroom curriculums and scheduled tours.

Dean Campbell

Dean was named the Squire of Dark Corner in 1977 by the late Jim McAllister, columnist for The Greenville News, for his one-man promotional efforts to tell the entire story of this sinister region, not simply the moonshine, mystery and mayhem known in the outside world.

Informal Talks

Since that time, Dean has made over 250 informal talks, accompanied by PowerPoint presentations, documentary DVDs and photographs, to large and small groups, including service organizations, social clubs, art and craft guilds, Sunday School classes, senior citizen groups, local neighborhood associations, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and Airstream campgrounds, click on Contact.

Formal Presentations

Dean has been featured speaker for scores of luncheons and dinners, historical event celebrations, historical grant culmination presentations and other large gatherings for service clubs, business organizations, churches, non-profit associations and area families since 1979. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group, click on Contact.

Documentary Screenings

darkcornerdvd_1Dean was Associate Producer and lead storyteller for the factually-accurate The Dark Corner—A Documentary DVD, produced in August, 2008, by Dark Corner Films. The major historical work premiered at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville and shattered all records for exhibit interest since the museum’s opening in 2007. It spawned a brand new Eyes to the Hills—Travelers Rest to the Dark Corner exhibit, filling the 2,000 sq. ft. of space in the Changing Exhibit Hall. The mountain history exhibit ran from April 3rd to September 20th, 2009.

Dean has hosted formal screenings of the new documentary in churches, public libraries, colleges, museums and in numerous private screenings since its Upcountry History Museum introduction. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group, click on Contact.

Classroom Curriculums

Dean has taught both a 5-week and an 8-week course, The Dark Corner—An Elusive to Exclusive Odyssey, in Furman University’s OLLI Lifetime Learning Curriculum since 1995.

Dean has been guest lecturer for Clemson University’s OLLI Lifetime Learning Program and the university’s Road Scholar Program, as well as Wofford College’s Lifelong Learning Program and history classes at North Greenville University.