History of the Old Village
The neighborhood we all know as The Old Village is one of the most desirable areas in the county to live but what many do not know is how interesting and rich this areas history is. To our knowledge, present day Old Village territory along with the rest of Mount Pleasant was occupied by the Sewee natives. The first “settlers” arrived in 1680 traveling from England led by Captain Florentia O'Sullivan. He was soon granted over 2300 acres which included Sullivan’s Island as well as the area north of Shem Creek (Old Village). 51 other groups of settlers arrived in the late 1690's. War erupted over territory in 1706, however the Province of Carolina managed to defeat the Spanish and French forces in the Hobcaw Plantation area to preserve the rights to the valuable land. The area remained relativity peaceful until the Civil war. In 1864 this area of Mt. Pleasant served as the training grounds for the H.L. Hunley which was launched to attack the USS Housatonic.
Post civil war, Mount Pleasant was primary occupied by residents who were rich enough to afford summer homes across the Cooper River. The vast majority of the towns population was centered in the area that we now call The Old Village. The area flourished and had the reputation of being a prime place to live even if most were just seasonal occupants. The area we refer to as the Old Village remains one of the best places to live in the state and will only continue to grow and add to its already unique and impressive history. For more information on Mt. Pleasant history, real estate or all things Old Village call Pat Gallant at 843-790-4728