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Mulberry Plantation (Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

Mulberry Plantation
Mulberry Plantation
map of South Carolina
map of South Carolina
Location Off U.S. 52 on Cooper River, Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Coordinates
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1714
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Georgian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000697
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL October 9, 1960[2]

Mulberry Plantation, built in 1714 by Thomas Broughton, who became the Royal governor of South Carolina, is one of the earliest plantation homes in the United States. Its rice fields, dikes and canals were well-preserved into the 20th century.

When British artist Thomas Coram painted Mulberry in about 1800, it still had two rows of service buildings extant.
Lawrence A. Walker of Summerville, South Carolina, bought the property in 1946 from Clarence E. Chapman of New York, and G. Everett Hoyt of Fairfield, Connecticut paid $175,000 for the house, including 1,027 acres, along with personal property in 1953.[3][4] A later owner, Charles A. Atkins, was indicted in federal court over bogus tax schemes, and he transferred the house to his wife. Atkins had himself acquired the house from Fannie H. Brawley and William J. Iselin for $2,300,565.[5] The Historic Foundation of Charleston bought the 800-acre plantation in August 1987 to prevent its possible development. The Foundation paid $2,800,000, and resold the property for $2,550,000 in August 1988 to S. Parker Gilbert, a New York City investment banker, and his wife.[6] The Foundation expanded its pre-existing easements on the property to prevent any subdivisions of the property, protect a two-mile entry road, and preserve the interior of the house.[7]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1963.[2][8][9]

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History summary is here.[10]

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External links

  • Mulberry Plantation, Berkeley County (off U.S. Hwy. 52, Moncks Corner vicinity), at South Carolina Department of Archives and History
  • Mulberry Plantation, within NPS online book
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mulberry Plantation (Moncks Corner, South Carolina)
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