Near Blenheim in Marlboro County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Frederick Charles Hans Bruno Poellnitz / Ragtown
Born 1754 in Gotha, Germany, this former chamberlain to King Frederick the Great of Prussia came to America in 1782. Known as Baron Poellnitz, he lived in New York City nearly 8 years before moving 4 mi. W of here on the Pee Dee River. He and George Washington exchanged ideas about farming projects and equipment.
Located four miles west, this plantation of 2,991 acres was acquired by Baron Poellnitz in 1790 in exchange for some 22 acres in Manhattan, N.Y. Tradition says that deeds for the transaction were drawn in Alexander Hamilton’s law office. Poellnitz continued his agricultural experiments at Ragtown. He died in 1801 and was buried on the plantation.
Erected 1976 by Marlboro County Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 35-22.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1754.
Location. 34° 25.304′ N, 79° 37.227′ W. Marker is near Blenheim Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blenheim SC 29516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grave of Mason Lee / Will of Mason Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barnabas Kelet Henagan Home Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brownsville Baptist Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); Brownsville Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Blenheim (approx. 6.4 miles away); Robert Blair Campbell / John Campbell (approx. 6.4 miles away); Blenheim Mineral Springs (approx. 6.9 miles away); Battle of Hunt's Bluff / Old River Road (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blenheim.
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