Let’s take a closer at the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, a charming neighborhood in the heart of East Cooper.
The Old Village consists of 30 blocks bounded by Charleston Harbor to the west, Shem Creek to the north, Royal Avenue to the east and McCants Drive to the south. It contains the oldest home in the area and the foundations of the present town. Mt. Pleasant is named after a plantation originally owned by Jacob Motte. He built the main house in 1755, and it still stands at 111 Hibben Street in the Old Village. Hibben House takes its name from James Hibben, who purchased the property 1803 and named his plantation Mt. Pleasant. Between 1766 and 1847, several other settlements grew up across the harbor from the Charleston peninsula. These were incorporated into the town of Mt. Pleasant in 1872.
The Mount Pleasant Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the Old Village is known for the its history and the architecture of its homes as well as its churches, shopping, dining, and outdoor recreational activities. Perhaps the best-loved part of the Old Village is Shem Creek. This picturesque waterway is the home to a local shrimping fleet as well as several well-known restaurants, boating and water sports companies. The newly-completed public boardwalk provides spectacular views of the water, marshes, sunsets, fishermen, shrimpers and dolphins.
Another popular outdoor walkway can be found at the Pitt Street Bridge. Several bridges dating back to the Revolutionary War have occupied this passage – including the one through which the H.L. Hunley submarine crossed during the Civil War. The remains of the last bridge now welcome pedestrians, bicyclists, and dog-walkers.
Long-time businesses in the Old Village include the Pitt Street Pharmacy, which has been serving locals since 1937 and includes an old-fashioned soda fountain. The nearby Old Post House restaurant – founded by the seminal Maverick Kitchen Group and now owned by the Hall family – crafts fine Southern dishes for hungry locals and visitors alike. Waterfront Alhambra Hall, once a ferry terminal, and is now a popular event venue.
Take a drive across the Ravenel Bridge to the explore all the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant has to offer. And if you are interested in making the oak-lined neighborhood your home, please contact Disher, Hamrick & Myers to give you our local expertise and open every door…
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