Mount Pleasant (the name) for many a wine buff is famous for those Mount Pleasant Wines, but disappointingly donít expect to find, from a visitor perspective any reference to the wine. Mount Pleasant is the next town visited in the Adelaide Hills when heading west to Mannum. Mount Pleasant is another leafy pretty town.
The name was taken from that used by James Phillis, who had come from an area near Mount Pleasant in North Devon. The land had reminded him of his homeland. His sister was named Pleasant, who may also have inspired the name. He settled at Mount Pleasant in 1843, planted wheat, harvested the crop, and then had to take it to Adelaide to sell. Several of Mt Pleasants early pioneer Families, were to lose sons in the Great War, Like William Polden Who Is Now Buried in The Lone Pine Cemetery, GALLIPOLI.
Gold was found in the district in the 1860s but the deposits were small and the miners soon moved on. The town grew slowly, never being anything more than a small service centre for the surrounding region. The police station, which dates from the 1860s, has been largely replaced by a building with 'ER' on it and the Totness Inn is quite charming. The Totness Inn has been in existence since 1860, but originally was only a single storey.
The Mount Pleasant Hotel is also a 150 year beauty. The Hotel was once called the Talunga (for over 150 years), but was renamed Mount Pleasant Hotel in recent years, as it had been called the Mount Pleasant Inn in 1860 when rebuilt after the original (situated elsewhere) had burnt down.
Melrose Street, the main street is lined with beautiful trees, and is quite a striking avenue.
Mount Pleasant is really a nice small town, but without the wine; cellars shops etc not a spot to visit.