I met Parker Gilbert two years ago; I had a small painting done by Roland Clark dedicated to Clarence Chapman who had owned Mulberry from 1915 to 1946, and Mr. Gilbert was considering its purchase. Mr. Clark was a regular visitor to Mulberry, and as a result, three of his etchings that relate to duck shooting are based on experiences while hunting there.
Mr. Gilbert was enamored of any and all things relating to his beloved Mulberry. After showing me around his home, he asked if I would like to see South Mulberry and the grounds, whereupon we took to a golf cart.
He answered any questions I had regarding the property, and it didn’t take long to see how much Mulberry meant to him. He absolutely loved it and was dedicated to its upkeep and preservation.
At the end of my visit, the little painting had found its way home.
As I drove through one of the most beautiful entrance ways to one of the oldest homes in the Lowcountry, I was acutely aware that for the past few hours, I had the company of a most kind and considerate man.
Future owners of Mulberry will have emotional ties to the property, but there will be none that love it more than Parker Gilbert.