Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is a strong community that is proud of its past and looks forward to a bright future.
Minutes from historic Charleston, Mount Pleasant has played an important role in South Carolina and U.S. history for more than three centuries. The many Colonial and antebellum homes in Mount Pleasant's Old Village draw tourists in large numbers, inviting them to wander the narrow, oak-lined streets and take a peek back into the town's proud past.
Originally the home of the Sewee Indians, Mount Pleasant's first white settlers, led by Capt. Florentia O'Sullivan, arrived from England in 1680. The town's name was forever etched in history on Sept. 24, 1860, when a public meeting held there produced South Carolina's first resolution of secession.
Mount Pleasant remained a small town until well into the 20th century, populated in part by Charlestonians wealthy enough to afford summer homes across the Cooper River.
As proud as Mount Pleasant is of its past, it's the city's ability to look to the future that speaks loudest. The state-of-the-art bridge connecting Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, replaces the Grace Memorial Bridge which was built in 1929.
Mount Pleasant has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade, it also has preserved its history and small-town sense of community. Many people choose to live in Mount Pleasant because of how close it is to the area's beaches and excellent golf courses, its mild climate and nearby state-of-the-art medical facilities. Mount Pleasant also is home to some of the finest shopping in the region. Towne Centre, on busy Highway 17, offers a wide selection of goods from national and local merchants.
Picturesque Shem Creek, which bisects the city, hosts several popular restaurants and one of the last fleets of local fishing boats in the area. Residents take advantage of the fresh off-the-boat seafood sold on the docks.