A guide to local favorites in the Boroughs
- By Shani Gilchrist
- Photos by Alice Keeney
The Boroughs are the best of Charleston’s soul. The name indicates a grouping together of Cannonborough/Elliotborough, Radcliffeborough, Ansonborough and Mazyk-Wraggborough — each a small village with distinct personality. In these areas, it’s possible to find remnants of what life was really like in Charleston during the 18th and 19th centuries rather than the rosy, glossed-over versions found on the main tourist track that often discount unpleasant histories. Locals love living in the Boroughs for their walkability and ease of access to shopping, dining and green spaces.
Meet Shani Gilchrist
Shani has lived in Charleston at full- and part-time intervals since 2015. She was born in a Wisconsin town located exactly halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, but moved to rural South Carolina with her family at age 10. She’s been trying to find the balance between country girl and city girl ever since.
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