Mount Pleasant's history reaches back to Civil War days when it was one of the larger estates in the area. What has been known as Mt. Pleasant once extended as far East at 14th Street, but its Northern border of Piney Branch Creek has been around since the end of the Civil War.
As Washington, DC grew Northward and 16th Street was extended in the late 1800's, the neighborhood started to take the shape that we see today, a great mix of single family homes, apartment buildings, and businesses.
Mt. Pleasant's proximity to the heart of Washington and relative density has made it an attractive destination for many generations of Washingtonians. Each passing decade has seen diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic groups of residents and visitors leave their mark on the neighborhood.
Today, Mt. Pleasant remains a "village in the city." The borders created by 16th Street, Piney Branch Creek, Rock Creek Park, and the embankment between Hobart Street and Harvard Street create some isolation from the more connected, close-in neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights. It's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
On Sunday, December 3, 2017 the Bancroft Elementary PTO and the Mount Pleasant Business Association jointly hosted the second Tree Sale and Holiday Party on Mount Pleasant Street.
From 10am to 4pm, Bancroft PTO volunteers gathered in the parking lot of McCormick Paints, a sponsor of the event. They set up the trees, wreathes, and other holiday decorations for shoppers. A sure sign of success was that by the end of the day, there were only a few left.
At the other end of the street, in the middle of Lamont Park, the Mount Pleasant Business Association and Mount Pleasant Main Street brought together neighborhood organizations and businesses together to host a Puppet Show, Face Painting, and an early visit from Santa Claus, with his friends, the Three Kings.
All photos © Rick Reinhardt 2017