Mount Pleasant, NC is a town steeped in history. Located between the bustling cities of Charlotte and Raleigh – two of the most economically significant cities in the region – Mount Pleasant is an important point along NC Highway 49, which passes through most of the state’s burgeoning Piedmont Region.
Despite being right in the middle of the state’s economic boom, Mount Pleasant has maintained its timeless small-town charm that makes it a great place to live. There are two historic districts in the town – the Mount Pleasant Historic District and the Mount Pleasant Collegiate Historic District, both holding timeless reminders of the region’s long and storied past.
If you’re new to area, a visit to Mount Pleasant Historic District is a must. Here are some things you ought to know about this notable destination.
A brief history of Mount Pleasant
In the 1700s, Mount Pleasant was known as “Mount Comfort”, a stopping place for travelers, which was really nothing more than a campsite. As the years progressed, this stop grew in popularity and before long, a small village emerged. Because of its picturesque location, the village was named Mount Pleasant in the 1830s. German settlers slowly drifted in, and by 1859, the population had increased enough for incorporation as a town.
In the years prior to the Civil War, a few roads were added to Mount Pleasant. But unlike its neighbors, and despite efforts by the town’s residents, it never had a railroad connection. When cotton production was introduced to the area, Mount Pleasant was transformed into a trading community. The textile industry was born, followed by the lumber industry and grist mills.
Mount Pleasant Historic District
Entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, the Mount Pleasant Historic District holds precious remnants of the town’s earliest days. It is made up of 184 properties along a tree-lined two-mile stretch of Main and Franklin Streets. These properties include a collection of homes in the Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow styles. They represent the evolution of Mount Pleasant through various eras, from its agricultural origins to its efforts in industrialization.
A few of the most interesting buildings and structures here are:
- Dr. J.L. Henderson’s home
Located at 124 North Main Street, this is the oldest house in the district. It was built in 1840 in the Greek Revival style and was the home of the town physician until after 1900. Its rich Greek temple-like details make it particularly notable.
- The Rev. John D. Scheck home
Found at 406 North Main Street, the home was built in 1844 also in the Greek Revival style and was the residence of a Lutheran pastor. The property features a beautiful octagonal gazebo built in 1898.
- The Kindley Cotton Mill
Located on West Franklin Street, the Kindley Cotton Mill welcomes visitors to the historic district. It was the first textile mill built in Mount Pleasant from 1896 to 1897.
- The Tuscarora Cotton Mill
Situated on East Franklin and Barringer Streets, the mill was the second in Mount Pleasant, and was built in 1901.
- The Mount Pleasant Milling Company
Located at 143 East Franklin Street, the Mount Pleasant Milling Company consolidated a number of smaller grist mills into one complex It was one of the most significant non-textile businesses in the town when it was built in 1890.
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