The charming seaside town of Mevagissey, located in the county of Cornwall, is certainly more unique than many people give it credit for. Throughout its life, Mevagissey has been different things to different people but it has always managed to conduct itself with nothing but the highest regard for its citizens and the most noble pride possible for a town to exude. Mevagissey is a town that has weathered fame and misfortune and, though it has taken on many different masks and faces throughout its long and storied existence, it has always managed to hold on to a singular identity; one of modesty and friendliness.
Mevagissey has been in existence for nearly a thousand years but it has taken on different names over those years. Its most recent moniker before taking on this permanent fixture was "Porthhilly" but by the 1600s the town became the Mevagissey we all know and love. The reason for this was because Mevagissey is actually the formation of two different smaller towns that date back to the Saxon days. Porthhilly merged with a town known as Lamoreck and the name of Mevagissey was created by merging the names of two different saints: St. Meva and Saint Issey. The "g" that stands in between the two saints' names is actually the Cornish abbreviation for the word "and". At any rate, when Mevagissey was first formed it wasn't exactly a place that would make saints very proud. The town's main source of income was smuggling and it was widely known that Mevagissey was the place to unload certain bits of contraband. There were only about a dozen inns at this time in the town but the area began to grow when the criminal element was phased out for a more innocuous form of income: Fishing.
Thus began the second incarnation of Mevagissey. Mevagissey Harbour quickly became a highly desirable place from which to fish and then sell the fish for money each day. To this day there are still several dozen fishing boats in the harbor and the town does indeed still garner quite a bit of attention for the great fishing that is available in the area. These days, however, Mevagissey has once again turned its focus to another arena and so now it is best known for its tourist trade. Thousands of visitors come each year to lay eyes on the historic buildings in the town while still others come for the exciting boating excursions and tours. There is also a very popular yearly event known as "Feast Week". This occurs every June and it draws throngs of visitors and residents alike who revel in the dances, parades, and fireworks displays that occur during every celebration. There is no telling what Mevagissey's next great industry will be but if history is any indication we can reasonably assume that it will be quite a doozy. Mevagissey has never been a town to rest on its laurels but we can at least rejoice in the fact that, no matter what incarnation it takes on, it is still the lovable and faithful city that it has always been.