— Belfair Plantation Avenue of Oaks © Gazie Nagle —
Special thanks to Denise Sullivan, a history buff from Dataw Island, for compiling the information on this page.
- Location Colleton River, four miles north of Bluffton, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort County
- Origin of name Thought to be a combination of the names Bellinger and Telfair, a married couple who owned the plantation (1)
- Other names It was called Barnwell Plantation under the ownership of William Wigg Barnwell (2, p. 12).
- Current status Residential community
- 1718 Earliest known date of existence
- 1777 Sir John Colleton died. The large land holding had remained together up until his death. (2, p. 12).
- ? The Colleton family sold 6,000 acres of the barony (2, p. 68).
- 1811 William Telfair married Betsey Bellinger and it is believed they combined their names to form Belfair when they made the plantation their home (1).
- ? William Wigg Barnwell was an owner in the nineteenth century (2, p. 12).
- 1920s William Mosely Swain owned Belfair. He planted the oaks which still stand along the avenue today, and he built a magnificent tabby home which has since crumbled. Swain purchased approximately 2,000 acres which included Belfair Plantation, Glover Plantation, and the H.A.M. Smith place (2, p. 11).
- 1994 Belfair Plantation, LLC purchased the property and developed it into a private golfing community (1).
- Chronological list Sir John Colleton (1718-1777), William Telfair and Betsey Bellinger (1811-?), William Wigg Barnwell, William Mosely Swain, Belfair Plantation, LLC (1994-present)
- Number of slaves ?
- The tabby Swain used for construction of his four-story house consisted of local oyster shells and a small amount of concrete. Unfortunately, the mixture contained too much saline which lead to the disintegration of the tabby (2, p. 9).
References & Resources
- History of Belfair: Click here
- Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius, editors, Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2009)
200 Belfair Oaks Blvd
Bluffton, SC 29910
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