Charles Calvert, the 5th Lord of Baltimore gave the land that is now Mount Pleasant to James Holmstead in 1727. Holmstead's son inherited the land in 1750, naming it Pleasant Plains. At this point Mount Pleasant was still an independent entity. When Congress created the District, Pleasant Plains became part of Washington County and the Holmstead family eventually sold the land to the government.
Samuel P. Brown purchased 73 acres between 14th and 17th Streets during the Civil War to build a home and a wartime hospital. He renamed the area Mount Pleasant Village. Further developments of the neighborhood did not come until 1900 when the streetcar line opened, which led to the creation of a community of row houses surrounded by trees and gardens.
Mount Pleasant was the site of numerous construction projects from 1900 to 1925. The Mount Pleasant Library, built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1925, is still in use today.
Quality of Life:
Mount Pleasant borders Rock Creek Park, which gives residents a sylvan experience. The community features beautiful row houses and apartment buildings. On the other side of Mount Pleasant is Columbia Heights, which is often considered to be the retail portion of Mount Pleasant. They are in fact, two separate communities. Mount Pleasant residents are actively engaged in civic affairs. There is a weekly farmers market on Saturdays from May to November. Be sure to take advantage of the community’s prime location next to the National Zoo.
Several bus lines service the Mount Pleasant community. The Columbia Heights Metro station is a short walk or bike ride away. Major thoroughfares include 16th Street, Beach Drive and Columbia Road.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles