Historic Markers Across South Carolina


Marker ID: SCHM 34-14
Location: 1203 N. Main St., Marion, SC
County: Marion
Coordinates: N 34° 11.467    W 079° 23.883
  34.19111666    -79.39805
Style: Free Standing **


“Bluefields,” named for the Blue family, was built by 1870. Annie Evans Blue (d. 1912) was given this land in 1872 by her father William Evans (1804-1876), Marion District planter, militia general, and state representative. Annie Blue and her husband, John Gilchrist Blue (1829-1889) raised their family here. John Gilchrist Blue, born in N.C., was an attorney and Confederate officer who served as a S.C. state representative 1876-80 and 1884-85.

Two of the Blues´s sons were nationally prominent. Victor (1865-1928), a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was promoted for heroism during the Spanish-American War and commanded a battleship during World War I; he retired as a rear-admiral. Rupert (1867-1948), a graduate of the University of Maryland medical school, was surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service; he led in eradicating the bubonic plague in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Erected by the Marion County Historical Society, 2004