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Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Newington Plantation

 
 
Newington Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 19, 2009
1. Newington Plantation Marker
Inscription. Newington Plantation was established on this site in the 1680s after Daniel Axtell recieved a royal grant of 300 acres. Axtell died shortly after arriving in the colony and his widow Rebecca built a house on the grant by the 1690s. In 1711 Lady Axtell gave Newington, named after the family plantation in England, to her daughter Elizabeth, the widow of Gov. Joseph Blake. Mrs. Blake's son Col. Joseph Blake (1700-1751) inherited

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the plantation at her death in 1726 and built a large brick house on this site, one which was noted for its many windows, brick out- buildings, and rare double- row avenue of live oaks. Newington remained in the family until it was sold to Henry A. Middleton in 1837. The house burned in 1845 and was in ruins by 1876, when Middleton leased Newington Plantation to the United States government for use as an experimental tea farm.
 
Erected 1997 by Newington Plantation Estates Association. (Marker Number 18-6.)
 
Location. 32° 58.993′ N, 80° 12.277′ W. Marker is in Summerville, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Plantation Circle, on the left. Click for map. Located between Whitehall Road & Plantation Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Summerville SC 29483, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Newington Plantation Marker reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 19, 2009
2. Newington Plantation Marker reverse side
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old White Meeting House and Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Old Town Hall (approx. 2.2 miles away); Old Dorchester (approx. 3 miles away); Dorchester Free School (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Bell Tower of St. George's (approx. 3.1 miles away); Parish Church of St. George, Dorchester (approx. 3.1 miles away); Colonial Dorchester (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerville.
 
Regarding Newington Plantation. In the 1970s – The plantation lands were developed into a residential subdivision. Marker is located inside the park area of the traffic circle.
 
Also see . . .
1. The New York Times Archives February 24, 1895, Page 21,. Tea growing in South Carolina (Submitted on October 7, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Tea production in the United States. The US Government planted an experimental farm outside Summerville, South Carolina. They ran the program from 1884 until 1888. They concluded that South Carolina's climate was too unstable to sustain the tea crop. The Department of Agriculture issued a report in 1897 that "estimates the minimum cost about eight times as much to pick one pound of tea in South Carolina as that
Newington Plantation Marker as seen in the park at Plantation Circle image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 19, 2009
3. Newington Plantation Marker as seen in the park at Plantation Circle
paid for the same service in Asia." (Submitted on October 7, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Newington Plantation , King Charles II Grant, 1680 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 19, 2009
4. Newington Plantation , King Charles II Grant, 1680
 
 
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