1678 Lone Star Road
Midway Plantation was the home of William Russell Thomson (1761-1807), and Elizabeth Sabb Thomson of Bellbroughton. It was so named because it lay midway between Bellbroughton and Belleville. There were cedar trees along the road from Bellbroughton to Belleville. Mrs. J. R. Fairey – Ms. Kittie is now the gracious lady of Midway and with loving care maintains the grand old house as it should be. (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
Mrs. J.R. “Kittie” Fairey, Ann Catherine Moss, was born in 1873 and died in 1967. Mr. James Michael Moss, was Adam and Kittie’s father, who attended The Citadel. Kittie Moss Fairey was the wife of prominent attorney and master farmer, Jacob Risher Fairey she lived at Midway until her death, at which time, the entire Fairey Estate was given to the State of S.C. for college scholarships. Kittie and Jake Fairey had two sons who died as young boys. See images this page!
J. R. FAIREY, EX-CALHOUN SENATOR, DIES
Survivors include his widow, the former Miss Kittie Moss of Cameron; five nephews, P. Fairey and George Griffith of St. Matthews, Frank Griffith of Ellorree, J. K. Fairey Jr. of Bamberg, and Dr. T. K. Fairey of Johnston, and two nieces, Mrs. Bessie F. Crutchfield of St. Matthews and Mrs. W. F. Fair of Orangeburg.
The State – January 22, 1951
R&R Note: The old Midway plantation house consisted on two sections; the oldest ca. 1790 and a later front addition which remains. The older section of the house was cut away by the Fairey – Griffith family and that section moved west of the main house to become the Griffith – Crutchfield homestead. It remained intact until the 2020s. (R.R.F. – “the Fairey Family Historian”) Kitty and J. Risher also owned one of the oldest homes in the Sunnyside Historic District of Murrells Inlet, S.C., listed on the National Register as Nyoka, the home was built of hand hewn timbers and served as the Fairey’s vacation house for decades.
City Directories and History: William Russell Thomson (1761-1807), built the original Midway Plantation, probably ca. 1785, although little of this structure remains. Midway was so named because it was located between Belleville, the family home of William Russell Thomson, and Bellbroughton, owned by Mrs. Thomson’s father. After Thomson’s death the
plantation became the property of his son, Charles Robert Thompson. While the house was built much earlier, the present façade was not added until later, ca. 1859. The present Midway is a two-story antebellum frame building with both Greek Revival and Federal influences. The front façade features a pediment and a two-tiered portico with four Tuscan columns on both levels. Each level features a central entrance way with three-paneled sidelights, semi-circular fanlights, and flanking pilasters topped by an entablature. The rear wing and porch were added around 1900. The vestiges of a landscaped garden featuring camellias, magnolias, and cedars surround Midway Plantation. This site is also significant as having been the past residence of prominent figures, particularly from the prominent Thomson family, in the military, political and social history of South Carolina and both Calhoun and Orangeburg counties for more than 170 years. Listed in the National Register May 28, 1976.
(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History) Click here for the National Register site.
Following the Civil War, this became the home of Phillip Washington Fairey (1835 – 1889) and his wife, Elizabeth Rebecca Risher – Fairey (1832 – 1893), (the Civil War widow of George W. Griffith) and remained in the Fairey family for nearly one-hundred years. In 2015, it is used not as a cotton farm but as a elegant equestrian estate.
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