CENA aims to promote a sense of community in the two boroughs while fighting to preserve the neighborhoods’ histories and properties.
Cannonborough and Elliotborough were founded in the mid-19th century, when they were home to a variety of working class families, from free people of color to Jewish merchants to Irish immigrants. As such, the architecture of the neighborhoods is an eclectic mix of styles, including Charleston “Freedmens” cottages, grand antebellum homes, small corner stores, and churches.
After the Crosstown Expressway cut through the neighborhood in the 1960s, the area entered decades of neglect. Fortunately, in recent years, there has been a surge in investment and interest in rehabilitating old homes and encouraging small businesses.
Tickets for the house tour are $20 per person and can be purchased online.