Fairfield Plantation - McClellanville Charleston County South Carolina SC

Fairfield Plantation – McClellanville – Charleston County

Basic Information

  • Location – South Santee River, McClellanville, St. James Santee Parish, Charleston County

    Located five miles north of McClellanville off South Santee Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • 1704 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1748 – Thomas Lynch II purchased 700 acres from Thomas Boone. He probably built a house on the property soon after purchasing it (Linder & Thacker, p. 725).

  • ? – Thomas Lynch's widow, Sabina Vanderhorst Lynch, passed the property onto their only surviving son, Thomas Lynch III.

  • 1797 – Thomas Pinckney, Jr. inherited Fairfield from his father, Thomas Pinckney, Sr.

  • ? – During the Civil War, rifle pits were dug so that when the Union steamers came up the river they would be in range to be fired upon by rifles and larger artillery (Bridges & Williams, p. 217).


  • Number of acres – 700 in 1748

  • Primary crop – Rice


  • Alphabetical list – John Boone; Thomas Boone; Thomas Lynch II; Thomas Lynch III; Mitchell; Jacob and Rebecca Brewton Motte; Carol Pinckney; Captain Thomas Pinckney; Thomas Pinckney, Jr.; Thomas Pinckney, Sr.; Francis Pinckney Williams


  • Number of slaves – ?

  • January 29, 1854 – Colonel Pinckney had the following slaves confirmed from the Fairfield Estate by Bishop Davis: Crysta (Mrs. Pinckney's servant), Sam, Betty, Jimmy, Toy (Bridges & Williams, p. 437).


Web Resources

Print Resources

  • Initial references: 6, 22, 40

  • Anne Baker Leland Bridges and Roy Williams III, St James Santee Plantation Parish History and Records, 1685-1925, (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, Publishers, 1997).

  • Suzanne Cameron Linder and Marta Leslie Thacker (with preliminary research by Agnes Leland Baldwin), Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River (Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2001), pp. 724-731.

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