Mackay Point Plantation - Pocotaligo Jasper County South Carolina SC

Mackay Point Plantation – Pocotaligo – Jasper County

Mackay Point Plantation 2014 - Jasper County, South Carolina
— Mackay Point Plantation © Josh Whiteside, 2014 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Tullifinny River, Pocotaligo, Prince William Parish, Jasper County

  • Origin of name – Named for the Mackay family

  • Other names – Orchards

  • Current status – ?


  • 1732 – Earliest known date of existence

    The plantation was owned by the Mackay family.

  • By 1806 – House built

  • Circa 1930 – George Widener purchased Jenkins Plantation, Rocky Point Plantation, Lockwood Plantation, Bull Bluff Plantation and Mackay Point Plantation. He combined the properties into one large plantation and retained the Mackay name. He constructed a large mansion/hunting lodge (3, p. 145) (6).

  • 1971 – George Widener died and left the plantation jointly to four of his wife's grandchildren as he never had children of his own (3, p. 147).

  • 1972 – Wye River Farms purchased Mackay Point from the estate of George Widener (3, p. 147).

  • 1972 – Wye River Farms conveyed the 4,644 acre property to Barbara and Stuart Janney Jr. (3, p. 147).

  • 1988 – Stuart Janney passed away, with Barbara the year previously, leaving Mackay Point to his 14 grandchildren (3, p. 147).

  • Circa 1994 – The Welsh family purchased Mackay Point (5).

  • Circa 2009 – The house built by Wildener was torn down and replaced by a new house (3, p. 147).

  • 2014 – Two partners of a private equity firm purchased the plantation and renovated all of the property's buildings. They also worked with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust on a conservation easement for the property (4).


  • Number of acres – 4,644 in 1972; 6,312 in 1986 (3, p. 147)

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • All of the original houses on Mackay Point were destroyed by Sherman's troops in 1865.

References & Resources

  1. 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

  2. N. Jane Iseley and William P. Baldwin, Lowcountry Plantations Today (Greensboro, NC: Legacy Publications 2001)

  3. 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)

  4. Huffines Company Posting

  5. Danielle Viguerie Ahern, Under the Oaks (, December 2006)

  6. Jasper County Plantations

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