Located near Charleston's former wharves, the predominantly 18th century houses of Elliot St. were once taverns, brothels and warehouses, although they are now elegant and colorful private residences.
It is well known that the city proudly preserves its architectural history, but this preservation effort extends to its venerable trees as well. A growth pattern of a live oak on Elliot St., as shown in the photograph, has been accommodated by rebuilding the retaining wall of a now-parking lot to allow this remarkable tree to continue aging unimpeded.
Between Meeting and East Bay streets, Elliot St. is used by some carriage tours, but is otherwise often overlooked by Charleston visitors, although it is just around the corner from Rainbow Row.
To find this amazing site, you can obtain a Charleston map at the Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St.