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"M" is for Mulberry Plantation

South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"M" is for Mulberry Plantation (Berkeley County). Set on a bluff overlooking the west branch of the Cooper River, Mulberry Plantation is one of the most distinctive eighteenth-century houses in America. Built in 1714, the house is stylistically unique and has been variously described as having Jacobean, French, and Anglo-Dutch baroque origins. Its design blends seventeenth-century forms with the formality of eighteenth-century Georgian architecture in a unified composition. The two-story brick structure is laid in English bond. The square main block has a steeply pitched gambrel roof with jerkin-head gables. Attached at the corners are four one-story brick pavilions with bell-shaped roofs. The first floor interior was remodeled in 1800, but the second-story rooms retain their original woodwork. The Historic Charleston Foundation holds protective easements on the house and surrounding acreage of Mulberry Plantation.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.