Bloomhill Plantation Wedgefield Sumter County
- Location Wedgefield, St. Mark's Parish, Sumter County
Located across from Poinsett State Park off SC 261 in the High Hills section
- Origin of name ?
- Other names Millpond, Colonel William Richardson Place
- Current status ?
- 1773 Earliest known date of existence
- ? House built
- ? Bloomhill was used as a camp site for Francis Marion and his men on at least one occasion. Governor John Rutledge established headquarters here upon the fall of Charleston (6).
- 1857 4,300 acres were sold to Thomas C. Richardson by John Smythe Richardson, Jr (8).
- ? Thomas Richardson acquired another 365 acres to bring his total acreage to 4,665 (8).
- 1869 The Civil War period was a tough one for Richardson and the plantation was sold to W. H. B. Haynesworth on the steps of the courthouse (8).
- 1869 Haynesworth divided the property selling 4,300 acres to John B. Rogers and 365 acres to A. H. Brailsford (8).
- 1870 John Owen, an Englishman, purchased 4,300 acres from Rogers (5, bk. 3, vol. 20, p. 5).
There was a mill on the plantation which John Owen operated until he died. The mill was sold to a Mr. Christmas who continued to operate the mill. Eventually, the mill was abondoned and fell into disrepair (5, bk. 3, vol. 20, p. 5).
- 1903 Bloomhill remained in the Owen family until it was sold in this year (8).
- Number of acres 8,000 (2, p. 31); 4,300 in 1870 (8); 4,665 in 1869 (8)
- Primary crop Rice
- The Richardson family graveyard is located on this plantation. A servant, Davy, is buried on the west end of the graveyard. His marble tombstone bears the inscription "faithful Davy".
- Alphabetical list Hampton; W. H. B. Haynesworth (1869-); Manning; John Owen (1870-?); Colonel William Richardson; John Smythe Richardson, Jr. (?-1857); Thomas C. Richardson (1857-?); John B. Rogers (1869-1870)
- Number of slaves ?
References & Resources
- John Smythe Richardson
- Elizabeth Buford Richardson, A Genealogical Record with Reminiscences of the Richardson and Buford Families (Macon, GA: J.W. Burke Company, 1906)
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- Waring Papers file, South Carolina Historical Society
– Waring family papers, 1707-1989 (bulk 1886-1979)
– Waring family papers 1755-1915
- 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
- Cassie Nicholes, Historical Sketches of Sumter County Volume II
(Sumter, SC: Sumter County Historical Commission 1981)
- Josie Platt Parler, The Past Blows By: On the Road to Poinsett Park (Knight Brothers, 1939)
- Information contributed by Margaret Owen Blackstock whose great-great grandfather, Rev. John Owen, owned Bloomhill Plantation.