Introduction to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston county, is 4 miles E of Charleston, South Carolina (center to center) and 177 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is located in the Charleston - North Charleston metropolitan area and has a population of 47,609.
Mount Pleasant History
The area, which was originally inhabited by the Sewee Indians, was first settled by the Europeans in 1680. At that time, it was known as "North Point". In 1837, the community was officially incorporated as the town of Mount Pleasant. It included the Greenwich village, and eventually annexed the communities of Hibbens Ferry, Hillardsville, Christ Church Parish, and Lucasville. Post Civil War, the area became home to many freed slaves. One of them, Robert Scanlon, became the founder and president of Charleston Land Company. He also established the African-American community of "Scanlonville" in the present-day territory of Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant and Nearby Attractions
- Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
- Boone Hall Plantation
- Museum On The Common
- Palmetto Islands County Park
- Cypress Gardens
- Edisto Island Serpentarium
Things To Do In Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant is home to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum which includes the destroyer USS Laffey, the Coast Guard cutter Ingham, submarine Clamagore, aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and other modern marvels like S-3 Viking, and F-14 Tomcat. Museum On The Common, also located in the town, features exhibits reflecting the cultural and historical background of the South Carolina Lowcountry area. Boone Hall Plantation, another place of historic interest in Mount Pleasant, dates back to the 17th century. It now houses a manor house built in the 1930s. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Patriots Point Golf Course, and Snee Farm Country Club. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Sea Island Shopping Center, Patriots Plaza Shopping Center, Village Pointe Shopping Center, and East Cooper Plaza Shopping Center. Among other attractions in the area are Edisto Island Serpentarium, Cypress Gardens, Isle of Palms County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park, and the South Carolina Aquarium. The community also hosts several annual events like the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Scottish Games & Highland Gathering, and Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival.
Mount Pleasant Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Charleston International Airport.
Mount Pleasant Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, Charleston Southern University, and Medical University of South Carolina.