Surrounded by East Cooper’s Past: Local Cemeteries

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What is it about old cemeteries that we find so intriguing? Maybe it’s the serenity and natural beauty. Maybe it’s the history. Maybe it’s thoughts of the hereafter. Regardless, the East Cooper area has more than enough historic graveyards to evoke any of these pondering. Quite a few are in some rather unlikely places. Myrtle Grove is barely noticeable on busy Venning Road, … [Read more...]

The Ravenel Bridge’s Wonders’ Way

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On most postcard-worthy days, you don’t think twice about slipping on your sneakers and taking a stroll or bike ride on the Ravenel Bridge’s Wonders’ Way. Weather permitting, it’s not uncommon to see hundreds taking in all this 2.7-mile pedestrian and bike path has to offer. Seeing the side of the bridge peppered with enthused cyclists, joggers, runners and walkers making their … [Read more...]

It’s a Small World: Mount Pleasant’s Thriving International Population

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What makes Mount Pleasant and the rest of the Charleston so attractive to people from across the United States – from the lovely climate to the friendly residents – also draws folks from around the globe. At the grocery store or on the playground, it is common to hear different languages being spoken. The international influence on the local dining scene is apparent with … [Read more...]

What’s Up Dock? : Shem Creek Gets More Public Access

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For several years, folks have been able to enjoy access to great vistas, fishing and strolling at Shem Creek Park. Now things are about to get even more interesting. The town has plans for increasing public access to the dock space behind Vickery’s Restaurant, Shem Creek Inn, the Dive Shop and Mt. Pleasant Seafood. Currently, use of the creek-side docks is mostly limited to … [Read more...]

A Piece of History: Park Was a Part of Pinckney’s Plantation

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Most area residents recognize the name Snee Farm as one of Mount Pleasant’s long-established neighborhoods. But far fewer are familiar with one of its early residents – Charles Pinckney. Pinckney is well-known to historians as one of the signers – and drafters – of the U.S. Constitution. Every day, Americans enjoy the freedoms and protections that were his design. A small … [Read more...]

At Appetite for Atmosphere: Waterfront Dining in East Cooper

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Why would we live in the Lowcountry if we didn't ever dine outdoors? It's one of the perks we enjoy during the warmer months (or even the not-so-warm months, thanks to our mild winters), and, when the view includes water, it's even better. Here in East Cooper we have a great selection of places to dine on the water this summer, from Shem Creek to the Isle of Palms. The best … [Read more...]

Come On Over (And Stay a While)

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Sometimes a big move such as relocating to a new town is a bit like purchasing a new automobile. It can be exciting – even exhilarating. At other times, the thrill comes from buying a beautifully restored and updated classic from your youth, only to discover that it’s even better than you remembered it. That’s how it is with Mount Pleasant, as throngs of newcomers are … [Read more...]