- Location Dorchester Creek (a branch of the Ashley River), Summerville, Dorchester County
Original plantation lands were located off SC 165 in the vicinity of Newington Plantation Estates.
- Origin of name Named after the Axtell's family estate in England
- Other names Lady Blake's House
- Current status Residential subdivision
- 1680 Earliest known date of existence
- ? House built
- 1715 House burned by Indians in Yemassee Indian War
- ? House rebuilt by Landgrave Joseph Blake
- 1725 House destroyed by fire
- 1848 House rebuilt
- ? House destroyed by fire
- 1876 Henry Middleton leased the old grounds and garden to the US Government for an experimental tea farm.
- 1970s The plantation lands were developed into a residential subdivision.
- Number of acres 3,000
- Primary crop Rice
- There is a large double row of oaks on each side of the avenue leading to the house.
- The large garden is thought to have been developed by the Blake family. Most likely based on the grand English gardens of the time and quite formal with terracing and hedges. (Trinkley and Hacker, p. 26).
- Alphabetical list Daniel Axtell (1680); Lady Rebecca Axtell (1678); Daniel Blake; Elizabeth Blake (1780); Colonel Joseph Blake; Lady Blake (1711); Henry A. Middleton (1837)
- Number of slaves ?
- House called "house of a hundred windows"
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1974
Photographs, architectural overview
- Newington Plantation History: Click here
- A Context For the Study of Lowcountry Gardens - PDF - Michael Trinkley and Debi Hacker, 2007, for the Chicora Foundation.
- Initial references: 4, 45
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