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"M" is for Mount Pleasant

South Carolina From A to Z
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"M" is for Mount Pleasant (Charleston County; 2010 population 67,843). Lying on the north side of Charleston harbor, Mount Pleasant occupies what was formerly Christ Church Parish. James Hibben laid out the village in 1803 on the site of the former Mount Pleasant plantation of Jacob Motte. The town of Mount Pleasant was incorporated in 1837. In 1883 the town became the county seat of Berkeley County, but was annexed back into Charleston County in 1895. Mount Pleasant was a small village until the 1970s when it began a dramatic expansion to become the sixth largest municipality in South Carolina. By employing subdivision covenants, development restrictions, and downtown revitalization projects, Mount Pleasant’s leaders have worked to balance the charm of the "Old Village" while providing the services of a modern urban hub.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.