Historic Berkeley estate on river goes on market

The main house at historic Mulberry Plantation near Moncks Corner.

One of the Lowcountry’s oldest and most historic properties is on the market, complete with more than 1,700 acres and two miles of frontage on the Cooper River.

Gail Gilbert is selling Mulberry Plantation after 27 years of ownership, or what preservationsts would call stewardship. She and her recently deceased husband, S. Parker Gilbert, who once ran Wall Street investment firm Morgan Stanley, bought it in 1988. The asking price is $17.5 million, according to Chip Hall of Charleston-based Plantation Services, who has the listing.

The Berkeley County estate was established near Moncks Corner in 1679. The main house followed in 1714. The Gilberts bought Mulberry in 1988 from Historic Charleston Foundation to restore and preserve it. They later reunited a parcel to the south with the main tract.

One of the last notable sales of this caliber was the $11 million purchase of the 6,695-acre Medway Plantation near Goose Creek in 2011. It took an eight-year effort to sell that historic site.

Rebranding

A new slogan and new logo are coming to Charleston International.

The airport will formally unveil them during a rededication of the passenger terminal next spring when a nearly $200 million makeover is completed.

The new symbol shows an airplane set in a wrought-iron fence, It’s a nod to Charleston’s ornate gates and fences by the late master blacksmith Philip Simmons.

“We tried to capture yesterday and today, and put it together,” said Peter Wertimer of the marketing firm Chernoff Newman. “It looks like a gateway. It looks like Charleston.”

The logo will be accompanied by the tagline, “Your Travels, Our Pleasure.”

At a cost of $72,200, the rebranding project took about five months that included numerous focus groups, interviews and a passenger survey of the final two of 12 designs originally floated. It will be used on all materials related to the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which oversees the airport. The logo was recently presented to the agency’s board members, who seemed pleased with it.

Gator growth

It appears that one of the S.C. Aquarium’s main calling cards isn’t missing many meals.

Alabaster, the attraction’s male albino alligator, is 20 pounds heavier and 3 inches longer than a year ago, according to The Associated Press.

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The aquarium said about 15 staffers assisted last week in giving a checkup to Alabaster, one of only about 50 albino gators known to be alive in the world.

The pale reptile resides in the Blackwater Swamp exhibit and now weighs 186 pounds. The 19-year-old Alabaster is 8½ feet long.

The aquarium bought Alabaster from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla., for $10,000. When he made his debut on Concord Street in 2010, he weighed in at 150 pounds and was 7½ feet from teeth to tail.

Alabaster is an American alligator, a species that lives in South Carolina’s Piedmont and Coastal Plain. He lacks the pigment melanin in his eyes and skin, leaving him light-sensitive and vulnerable to predators. Because of that, Alabaster can never be returned to the wild.

Idea pitch

Aspiring entrepreneurs will have a chance to sell their ideas to a panel of judges Wednesday. The annual Perfect Pitch competition gets underway 4-6 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre on George Street. A panel of judges will weigh presentations and award prizes in entrepreneur and student categories.

The event is a collaboration between the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the College of Charleston’s Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology, Dig South and the Harbor Entrepreneur Center. The eight participating teams are from the entrepreneur center and the college.