We treasure Shem Creek! The nature and history of this special place can be enjoyed in so many ways, from dining, fishing, boating, paddle boarding, or even relaxing at the pavilion at The Shem Creek Park.
The shrimping industry is a huge part of our community’s history. Click here for the Town of Mount Pleasant Website, which offers a wealth of interesting tid-bits. And below is an excerpt about how the first shrimpers came to call Shem Creek their home:
In 1930, Captain C. Magwood was the first fisherman to bring ocean shrimp into Mount Pleasant. Seven years later, a bridge was built over the creek, and within two decades the first shrimp dock was constructed. After that, Moultrie Fisheries established Shem Creek’s seafood ice manufacturing. Now the support was in place for a strong seafood industry to emerge and shrimping grew into an important harbor industry centered at Shem Creek. In their heyday, seventy shrimp trawlers operated off the docks. By 2011, there were about ten trawlers remaining in the harbor along with a few charter boats.
Today, the creek is best known for its traditional historic charm as a vibrant backdrop for restaurants and bars offering an energetic night scene for the under-thirty crowd. Nevertheless, like generations in the past, modern Mount Pleasant residents value Shem Creek for its constant provision of abundant seafood, transportation, recreation, and employment.