The Sewee Indians originally occupied Mount Pleasant. Then, in 1680, Captain Florentia O'Sullivan led the first white settlers to the area. The earliest maps of this coastal region name this area "North Point." Mt Pleasant is situated between the city of Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean. Because of its strategic location, it witnessed a number of naval operations during the founding of the United States.
Visitors will certainly appreciate Mt Pleasant's balance between preservation and modernism. The result is a diverse selection of activities, and a multitude of festivals. There really is something for everyone here.
Military history buffs will enjoy visits to the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter National Monument. For those looking to step back in time, there's popular Boone Hall Plantation- one of the few surviving working plantations in the nation. From its magnificent rows of live oaks, to its Cotton Gin House (circa 1750) there's a wealth of history here.
The National Register district is proudly displays several colonial and antebellum period homes. A visit to "Old Village" is the perfect opportunity to park the car and stroll around a while. You'll discover a variety of small shops and boutiques, and get a true "feel" for this delightful town. Consider picking up one of the Lowcountry's famous handmade sweetgrass baskets.
The adventure minded will find opportunities galore. The nature tours offered in and around MT Pleasant are a special treat. Kayaking, biking, golfing, crabbing, and deep-sea fishing are other popular choices. Mt Pleasant's Cooper River Bridge Run (a 10K) is a huge attraction that seems to become more popular every year.
Mt Pleasant's Palmetto Islands County Park offers nearly 1000 acres of fun. The abundance of tropical vegetation is a real treat. Here you'll also find Splash Island, a family water park.
Mt Pleasant can be reached via Interstate 526 from Charleston. From MT Pleasant, reach Isle of Palms via State Highway 517 and Sullivan's Island via State Highway 703.