Adjacent of Charleston, South Carolina
Located just across the Cooper River from Charleston lies the lovely and historic town of Mount Pleasant, founded in 1680. During the past 10 years Mount Pleasant has experienced rapid, but carefully planned development.
Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant’s biggest attraction, is one of the world’s largest naval and maritime museums. Here visitors may board the aircraft carrier Yorktown, World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady” and other permanently moored ships. Nearby is the original heart of the town, the Old Village.
This National Register district provides visitors an up close look at beautiful homes from both the colonial and antebellum periods. The Old Village offers a panoramic view of the harbor, as well as a beautiful public park. Intriguing specialty shops, which include antiquing opportunities, are found throughout the town, particularly along Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Coleman Boulevard and in The Common, which features the Museum on the Common. This award-winning museum documents the devastation of 1989’s Hurricane Hugo. The newest addition to this popular area is the Shem Creek Maritime Center and Museum.
On the north side of the town are three of the area’s most popular attractions. The Charles Pinckney Historic Site, a property of the National Park Service, is the former residence of Charles Pinckney, a framer of the U.S. Constitution. It is also where George Washington was entertained before his entry into the city of Charleston in 1791. Just down the road is lovely Boone Hall, one of the area’s most beautiful plantations.
Mount Pleasant is also known for its outdoor festivals. Some of the more popular include the Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival (Web: Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival) held each April at Alhambra Hall, and the Children’s Festival, held at Town Hall in October.
Of course, when staying in Mount Pleasant you’re only five minutes from downtown Charleston or the beaches!
As one of the most photographed spots in the Charleston area, picturesque Shem Creek located in Mt. Pleasant adjacent to the Old Village, has long delighted visitors and, it serves as port for the area’s shrimping fleet.
Seafood restaurants line both sides of the creek, serving some of the tastiest seafood in the Southeast. Visiting fishermen will want to test their luck aboard one of the offshore fishing party boats that are moored along Shem Creek.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant’s biggest attraction, is one of the world’s largest naval and maritime museums. Here visitors may board the aircraft carrier Yorktown, World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady” and other permanently moored ships.
The museum also includes the destroyer Laffey, submarine Clamagore, Coast Guard cutter Ingham, a re-creation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base, a Navy Flight simulator, vintage military aircraft, displays and exhibits and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.
Patriots Point proudly serves as home to the National Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. Adjacent to the museum is Patriots Point Links, an 18-hole public golf course with spectacular views of Charleston Harbor.
Visitors to Patriots Point may also board tour boats offering trips to Fort Sumter National Monument or informative tours of Charleston Harbor.
40 Patriots Point Road
Web: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum – Charleston Harbor, SC – Patriots Point