Recently, as my wife and I sat on the front porch of the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site off Long Point Road looking out onto the yard, I wondered what life was like when Snee Farm wasn’t homes and a golf course, but an antebellum plantation.
Rocking away on the porch I was reminded how I love towns with a sense of history. Mt. Pleasant has this in abundance. Though our history is often hiding in plain sight amidst our growth, it’s there nonetheless. You see it most often in the names of streets, neighborhoods, and schools, evoking a different era, a different place in Mt. Pleasant’s storied history.
Rifle Range Road, Snee Farm, Boone Hall, Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School, Alhambra Hall, Mathis Ferry, Hog Island, The King’s Highway, all things Moultrie. And the list goes on. All of them carry a twinge of a colorful past dulled by time, now commemorated only in roadside plaques and Google searches.
You see glimpses today of Mt. Pleasant’s past in the visual disconnect between the glitz and glamour of stately new developments, co-mingled alongside older, more worn homes dotting our roadsides. Watching the old Wando High School at Whipple and Mathis Ferry Roads disappear before my eyes, I wondered how many lifetime memories and friendships were formed within its walls. Everywhere are reminders of a simpler Mt. Pleasant slowly being squeezed out by progress and affluence.
Yet, I love how Mt Pleasant endeavors to remember its past while pressing forward to tomorrow. So progress comes, and with it, a twinge of sadness in what it replaces. So I will enjoy the glimpses I still get, walk the magnificent Avenue of Oaks at Boone Hall and reminisce as I meander through Old Village soaking in remnants of a bygone era while looking forward to the future.