Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2024

63 | | Established as Christ Church Parish in 1706, what we now know as the Town of Mount Pleasant was then mostly rural with a predominantly enslaved black population living in outbuildings or enslaved quarters, on the sprawling grounds of plantations overshadowed by oak trees strung with Spanish moss. Aside from this land, the early settlement known as the Old Village boasted grand dwellings spread along the banks of Charleston’s harbor and frequented by the elite, who often owned second homes elsewhere in Mount Pleasant or downtown Charleston. One such mansion in the Old Village that can still be seen today is the Hibben House, the oldest surviving home in Mount Pleasant. According to architectural historian and founder of the preservation and historic research firm BVL Historic Preservation Research Brittany Lavelle Tulla, other buildings east of the Cooper included structures associated with ferrying residents back and forth across the river, as well as military fortifications such as Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. Following the Civil War, AME churches, such as Olive Branch and Goodwill were constructed. These sites are where descendants of 150-year-old ancestral congregations still worship today. The buildings of the proto-turned-Civil War era were constructed of local wood such as pine or oak, or bricks Classic to Contemporary Evolution of architecture across Lowcountry BY SARAH ROSE beautiful homes | |