Blink Bonnie Plantation - Longtown Fairfield County South Carolina SC

Blink Bonnie Plantation – Longtown – Fairfield County

Basic Information

  • Location – Longtown, Wateree River, Fairfield County

    Longtown-Camden Road

  • Origin of name – In Scottish vernacular, Blink Bonnie means beautiful view; the hillside location of the plantation provides views of several counties (1, p. 2)

  • Other names – Robertson Place (1, p. 1)

  • Current status – Private residence


  • 1793 – Earliest known date of existence (1, p. 3)

    Darling Jones, a banker from Camden, received a large land grant (1, p. 3).

  • 1822 – House built by Darling Jones (1, p. 3) (4).

  • ? – Blink Bonnie Plantation passed from Darling Jones to his son Abram Jones (4).

  • Circa 1860s – After the Civil War, the house was sold by the Jones family at public auction and used as a stage station (1, p. 3) (4).

  • ? – W.O. Robertson purchased the property (2, XII: 53).

  • 1943 – Mr. and Mrs. Marion Adickes Kirkland purchased the house, which was in a state of dilapidation, and restored it. The original kitchen was converted for the commercial manufacturing of pickle and artichoke relishes (1, p. 3) (2, XII: 53).

  • Early 1970s – The Sayers purchased Blink Bonnie (3).


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • House – One-half story clapboard house with brick foundation and two chimneys.

  • There is a brick kitchen building to the left of the house.

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1972
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  3. Information contributed by Walter T. Sayers.

  4. Information contributed by Cyndi Shull from:
    Julian Stevenson Bolick, A Fairfield Sketchbook (Jacobs Brothers, 1963)

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