Newington History

By a Royal grant of 3,000 acres to Daniel Axtell, Newington Plantation was the beginning of Newington Plantation. The name came from The Axtell family Plantation in England. Before a house could be constructed and the land farmed, Daniel Axtell died. His wife, Lady Rebecca Axtell took the property over and built a plantation home around 1690. It was reported to be the most pretentious mansion in the area known as Newington, (aka the old Axtell settlement). The Newington house was said to have been one of the largest brick houses built in lower South Carolina during that period. It was said to have double avenues of live oaks and wide gardens. At the time of the Revolutionary War the Newington house was considered a show place. It is believe that Lady Rebecca Axtell passed away not long after 1711, but no records of her passing exists.

Around 1711, Lady Rebecca Axtell gave the plantation to her daughter Elizabeth (Axtell) Blake. Elizabeth Blake, was at that time, the widow of the former Proprietary Governor of Charlestown, Joseph Blake. Joseph Blake was a Proprietary Governor of South Carolina from 1694 to 1695 and 1696 through 1700. It is believed that she lived in the home with her son, Col. Joseph Blake who worked the land.

The plantation home burned during the Yemassee War (1715). When Lady Blake died (1726), the land passed to her son Col. Joseph Blake. He was one of the richest men in the lowcountry at that time. He removed the burned house and built a mansion with 100 windows on the front so he could view his land. The Blake family lived on the property until 1837 when it was sold to Henry A. Middleton. That mansion burned in 1845. It remained in ruins until 1876 when Middleton leased the property to the US Government as an experimental Tea farm.

​What is now known as Newington Plantation Estates dates back to the early 1970’s. Our community is nestled between Bacon's Bridge Road and Sawmill Branch. Sawmill Branch is an offshoot of Chandler Bridge Creek and the Ashley River. Over the years, developers have added a diverse collection of homes, starting as Phase 1, which is located between Wannamaker through Axtell, Axtell Court, and King Charles from Axtel to Smythe.

​Newington plantation is a diverse neighborhood with a hardy mix of decades-old homes and brand-new dwellings. The 542 home community is made for families with it’s dozens of cul-de-sacs, spurring off from King Charles Circle, which winds around the entire neighborhood. We now have an amenity center with a pool; a youth swim club, town play park with shelter, and side-by-side elementary schools. 

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 654
Summerville, SC 29484




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