One of Charleston's most charming features, and there are many, is its beautiful architecture. Nowhere is that more on display than on the famous Rainbow Row, a series of colorfully painted historic homes on East Bay Street. Every square inch of Charleston oozes Southern charm, and in any walk through Charleston's historic streets a trip to see Rainbow Row's beautiful houses is a must.
Along East Bay Street, a series of 13 buildings represent the longest stretch of Georgian row houses in the United States. Built between 1770 and 1792, they are visual reminders of the wealth of Charleston in the colonial era and the decades after independence, when the city was the most important port along the southeastern coast of the country. They’re also a testament to the pioneering vision of Charleston’s early preservationists. Having fallen into neglect at the beginning of the 20th century, the Preservation Society of Charleston began purchasing and restoring the homes in the 1920s, and they were eventually painted the bright hues that give this landmark its popular name. Ready to dive into Charleston's history? Visit AFAR Journeys for 12 itineraries to one of America's most charming cities.
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