Moultrie News This Friday, East Cooper Land Trust will transfer ownership of a .57-acre parcel to the East Cooper Civic Club. Both organizations are excited that this piece of land will forever be a passive park for the enjoyment of this settlement community and surrounding Mount Pleasant residents. The community of Scanlonville, many of whom are the descendants of the founders of Scanlonville, view this day as a continuation of the quest for dignity, respect and collective responsibility that the founders sought in 1868.
“Our mission is to conserve land with environmental, cultural or historical value. This property has all three attributes” says Catherine Main, Executive Director of East Cooper Land Trust. “This small parcel will serve as a reminder of the past, while being enjoyed into the future.”
The property, located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant, is the entrance to the Scanlonville community. Scanlonville was founded by John Scanlon, a freedman, in 1868. He purchased the 614 acres of former Remley Plantation and created a planned community with two-acre lots. East Cooper Civic Club president, Edward Lee says “It was new for the south. It was new for the United States. It was founded out of necessity.”
Nearby properties, including the once-popular Riverside Beach, have been developed into gated communities, causing the price of the land to rise from the several thousand dollars Scanlon once paid for the entire Plantation to half a million dollars each for many of the individual lots. This property may be only .57 acres, but in an area of town that has felt the effects of encroaching development, land carries a value beyond its size.
The East Cooper Land Trust is pleased to work with the East Cooper Civic Club in the endeavor to protect this piece of land and looks forward to the value the parcel will provide in its permanent preservation as a park. A presentation and signing of the deed transfer will be held at 1:00 PM at the East Cooper Civic Club Community Center, located at 363 Sixth Avenue. Following the brief presentation, there will be gathering of members from both organizations to celebrate this long-awaited moment and an opportunity to walk to the property.
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