A Day at Shem Creek/Old Village
Shem Creek/Old Village
For a true maritime, harbor-like experience, navigate your way to Shem Creek and the Old Village in Mount Pleasant.
For a true maritime, harbor-like experience, navigate your way to Shem Creek and the Old Village in Mount Pleasant, just southeast of Patriots Point. Founded only 10 years after Charles Towne (Charleston) in 1680, the Old Village of Mount Pleasant today offers a ’40s-and-’50s-nostalgic sort of feel with old-fashioned drug store Pitt Street Pharmacy and other shops, while nearby Shem Creek lends plenty of recreational opportunities and Charleston Harbor views. Try Shem Creek Walking Tours to get a close-up view of the shrimp industry and its longtime importance along the harbor here; those tours even end with guests enjoying a hearty shrimp boil. For a closer study of the Old Village, Segway of Charleston Day Tours presents one- and 1.5-hour tours, after a half-hour of instruction on that motorized touring option. Recreation lovers will want to find their way to Nature Adventure Outfitters for kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals, plus daily blackwater and saltwater tours, or to AquaSafaris for fishing charters, public sails, sunset sails and eco tours. After some shopping and finding stylish beach and resort wear at such stores as Vivi and Kate, refreshments at sunset just may be in store; head to such Shem-area eateries or watering holes as Tavern and Table, The Shelter Kitchen and Bar, or Red’s Ice House for seafood and other bites.
A rustic Shem Creek channel