Mt. Pleasant’s Old Village tour set for May 1

Among the eight properties in the Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour on May 1 is 118 Pitt St., which was built in 1850 and extensively renovated in 2000 and 2013. The full basement of the home served as a dispensary during “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman’s term as governor of South Carolina.

More than two centuries before Mount Pleasant sprawled to the Francis Marion National Forest, it was a village nestled on Charleston Harbor and Shem Creek.

This historic part of Mount Pleasant, which was first settled in 1770, is now known as “The Old Village” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On May 1, locals have a chance to tour eight properties not normally open to the public as part of the Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour from 1-5 p.m. The event starts and ends at Edwards Park, 400 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant.

Attendees will walk through homes and gardens and be treated to samples of Lowcountry cuisine prepared by local chefs, including Niles Salisbury of Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Bradford Bobbit of Graze, Brian Tanner of Coleman Public House and Mike Lotz of Triangle Char & Bar.

Guests also will enjoy signature dishes from Congress, Chicken Salad Chick, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Bistro Toulouse and Coastal Crust.

Art is part of the tour as plein air artists Ginny Versteegan, Marissa Vogl, Laurie Meyer, Janie Ball and Susan Trott will be working in gardens where their work will be on sale to benefit the Red Cross.

Tickets for the tour are $45 per person or $35 per person for groups of eight or more. All proceeds from the tour benefit the American Red Cross.

To purchase tickets to the Old Village tour, visit www.redcross.org/MtPHomeAndGarden or call 843-764-2323 ext. 386.