Why do we call it “Mt. Pleasant” ?

Whether named Mt. Pleasant by some shrewd king’s realtor seeking to draw settlers from the bonnie hills of Scotland to the flat swampy vistas of Norfolk County with pretty words (gotta watch those real estate folks) or because the topography of the area is indeed a couple of inches higher than surrounding land, I just cannot find out.

Mayhap a long forgotten plantation owner applied the name, which was popular with English plantation owners, to his farm, but longer than the memory of even Mrs. Eula McCoy who was born on Mt. Pleasant Road 93 year ago when it was a narrow sandy track traversed by staying in the ruts, the road from Great Bridge to North Landing and the area through which it passes has been Mt. Pleasant.

Initially the road was an important route for area farmers getting their produce to the wharfs at various landings on the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal, including Mt. Pleasant Landing, located down a dirt lane across from the Mt. Pleasant Christian School. With the arrival of the train station at Fentress and improvements to paving required by the newfangled automobiles, Mt. Pleasant Landing lost its reason for existence and has long since been reclaimed by the swamp.

Only newcomers look for the mount in Mt. Pleasant, but most folks there have found the pleasant.


  1. Milton Creeger says:

    Love that area! Pretty neat to hear about its beginnings.

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