So I’m back in South Carolina; in the Charleston suburb of Mount Pleasant. My grandfather retired to Mount Pleasant a number of years ago and we’ve all been gradually following him down and planting down roots of our own. Mount Pleasant is an interesting community because of its elevation. Mount Pleasant is a coastal community which has a land area of 21.8 square miles, a water area of some 5.2 square miles, and an elevation of only 24 feet above sea level. There are some parts of Mount Pleasant where one could imagine flooded roads were they to sneeze too hard. My family and I were having dinner the other night and they suggested I do some research and get to the nut of the issue with Mount Pleasant; just where did this name come from?
Mount Pleasant History: Greenwich Village: Mount Pleasant was incorporated into a town in 1837; this first incorporation included two small villages; Greenwich and Mount Pleasant. Greenwich Village is today part of the town that is Mount Pleasant. The first 100 acre plot of land which was Greenwich Village was owned by Englishman Jonathan Scott. Greenwich Village was split in half with the waterfront portion being turned into town lots with the rest of the land turned into common space.
Mount Pleasant History: Mount Pleasant Village: The other part of what would become Mount Pleasant began life as a plantation. Jacob Motte owned an estate directly adjacent Greenwich Village which he had called “Mount Pleasant.” In 1803 Jonathon Scott purchased the Mount Pleasant estate and divided it into 35 large lots. On December 20, 1837 the village of Greenwich merged with Mount Pleasant and incorporated as Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant History: Roundup: Mount Pleasant achieved a great deal of growth after the Civil War; even more startling has been the growth the community has engendered in the recent past, actually finding some of its strongest growth in the year just after 1989’s category 4 Hurricane Hugo. From 1990-2000 the population of Mount Pleasant has literally doubled with the population sitting around 48,000 in 2000. There is sure to be even more striking numbers in the 2010 Census because of many improvements made to the area in the years since.
Mount Pleasant History: Conclusion: So even though the estate of Jacob Motte was called Mount Pleasant, that still doesn’t explain why Motte called his virtually sea level estate Mount Pleasant, at least it adds a little color to the mystery. Perhaps it was because where Motte’s estate was in modern day Mount Pleasant was higher up than the adjacent Greenwich Village waterfront area? Whatever the answer, Mount Pleasant still is a lovely place to be.