Mount Pleasant:
The Victorian Village

by Mary-Julia C. Royall

Mount Pleasant: The Victorian Village (Arcadia Publishing)

Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing (1997). 128pp. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. Illustrated. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0-7524-0531-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-7524-0531-5.

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Mount Pleasant: The Victorian Village is an intimate look at life in the area of the town now known as the historic district, during the slower-paced time before World War II. Called “The Village” by its citizens, this close-knit community along the edge of Charleston harbor was formed when five small English settlements merged in the nineteenth century to create the town of Mount Pleasant. The small town had its own identiy and remained a “Victorian village” due to its isolation from the outside world except by ferry.

Rapid growth and change began with the opening in 1921 of the Grace Memorial Bridge over the Cooper River. The bridge linked cities to the north and south via Highway 40 (now 17), thus opening the door for tourism and commerce while creating local accessibility to Charleston.

Mary-Julia C. Royall, local resident, church musician, historian, and member of the South Carolina Federation of Museums, presents a view of Mount Pleasant that anyone interested in the town, whether a newcomer or lifelong resident, will find entertaining and informative. Vivid images capture Mount Pleasant at this fascinating stage in its history, and the accompanying text serves as a personal guide through time. Mount Pleasant: The Victorian Village is a unique look at a unique area of South Carolina.

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