Cannonborough-Elliottborough is composed of two adjacent neighborhoods that together function as one. Originally two separate boroughs but now considered one, Cannonborough and Elliotborough are the “Gateway to the Peninsula”. The neighborhood is located on the Charleston Peninsula, part of the Old City Historic District.
Although not well documented, the neighborhoods has been significant in Charleston’s history. When first developed, this area became home to the ‘common Charlestonian’ – a diverse mix of immigrants, freed slaves, and lower class workers of the time. Despite its lack of published history, the area has a rich and flavorful past, and is currently enjoying a resurgence of vitality. Unlike parts of Charleston south of Broad St. where the trend is turning towards second homes for owners from all parts of the country; this neighborhood exhibits a ‘closeknit’ community quality of multiple generations of native residents. Businesses in the community, nearly all of which are local, independent operations frequented by neighborhood residents, are interspersed among residences. Cannonborough-Elliottborough is a truly diverse area.