Explore the Historic Charms of Old Village, a Beloved Waterfront Neighborhood in Mt. Pleasant
Just across the Cooper River along Charleston’s Harbor lies Old Village, Mount Pleasant’s oldest and most historic neighborhood. This lovely waterfront neighborhood has the perfect mix of old, southern charm and modern amenities, making it a highly sought-after area to both live and visit.
Just like Sullivan’s Island, many of the first residences in Old Village were constructed as summer homes for wealthy families residing on the peninsula. Beginning in the1880’s, downtown residents started building homes along the Cooper River to give their families respite from the punishing heat and elevated risk of disease in downtown Charleston during the summer months. This waterfront neighborhood flourished quickly, adding amenities like a public library, parks, churches, and shops. Today, many of the historic houses have been restored to their original glory, making Old Village one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Charleston.
Not only does this community offer stunning coastal living in a historic setting, the Old Village is home to the second best public education system in the state of South Carolina. Roper St. Francis Hospital, one of Charleston’s most highly regarded hospitals, is right down the street.
Many people visit Charleston to see its 18th-century buildings and immerse themselves in its history. If you are looking to step back in time and experience true southern living, Old Village is the place to visit. It’s hard to resist the historic charms of this neighborhood, from its quaint little shops to the people that call this neighborhood home.
Whether you are taking a fun day trip into the area or looking into purchasing one of the historic homes in Old Village, there are some stops that should not be missed. As you explore Old Village, make sure to stop at the following places for a charming southern experience:
Pitt Street Pharmacy
Old Village is full of old-fashioned little shops that you can wander into, but one store that you will want to stop by is the Pitt Street Pharmacy. This old-fashioned pharmacy will have you feeling like you went back in time, with its rotating bar stools, diner counter, and authentic soda fountain.
Generations upon generations have used Pitt Street Pharmacy’s services and, now, it is the place where locals and tourists alike come to enjoy its atmosphere and food. The diner offers some amazing food that the entire family will love, including classic hamburgers and hotdogs, milkshakes, fresh sandwiches, ice cream floats, and even a cherry coke with pumped syrup.
Pitt Street Pharmacy is the perfect place to relax and slow down as you wander through Old Village. It’s also a great place to snag a souvenir for friends and family back home.
Alhambra Hall is a fantastic place to explore with the family or get some exercise. It may be busier during the dinner hour, but the evening is the best time to go if you want to catch a gorgeous sunset across the Charleston Harbor.
First built in the 1800s as a summer retreat and dance hall, this old ferry building was reconstructed in 1937 and now serves as a popular wedding venue.
Old Village Post House
Even if you aren’t staying at the Old Village Post House Inn, you must grab dinner at this bed and breakfast for a delicious taste of southern hospitality. The inn provides a cozy ambiance and overlooks Pitt Street, where you can take a quiet stroll after filling up on braised collards and tasty seafood.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Old Village Bakery is just down the street and is a favorite among locals and visitors. The Village Bakery offers an assortment of desserts, including pies, cakes, and tortes that you will have a hard time refusing once you’re there.
If you’re looking for more places to unwind, consider a visit to Pickett Park. This recreational area has some amazing views of the Charleston Harbor and is a relaxing spot to enjoy a picnic or take in the sea breeze. The park is named after Dr. Otis Pickett, a doctor who frequented the old Pitt Street Bridge.
Because the park cuts across the marshes near the Intracoastal Waterway, you are likely to see some of South Carolina’s wildlife, including dolphins, pelicans, osprey, and sea turtles. You will also see locals fishing off the pier for blue crabs, kayaking, or taking a relaxing bicycle ride along the waterfront.
Pitt Street Bridge
Making a visit to Picket Park wouldn’t be complete without walking along Pitt Street Bridge. This bridge dates back to the American Revolution, and it once connected Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island.
Like Picket Park, Pitt Street Bridge offers some fantastic views of Charleston Harbor, and you will be able to see spots such as Ravenel Bridge, Fort Sumter, and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse from the bridge. It’s a relaxing place to take the dogs for a walk or simply enjoy the stunning views of historic Charleston.
Experience Old Village
Old Village has managed to preserve both its natural wildlife and its unique buildings so that visitors and residents alike can continue to enjoy everything that it has to offer. From historic Pitt Street to modern schools and churches, it’s easy to see why this vibrant little community is such a desired place to live.
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