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Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

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Get an up-close look at one of the nation's oldest residential streets at Elfreth's Alley, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Head to the narrow cobbled lane and wander among its antique row houses dating from as far back as 1728. Admire the brick construction of the 32 historic colonial-era homes and explore the area, replete with reenactors, shops, and other businesses. You can even stop by the local museum to learn more about the street's past both before and after the United States' independence. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Philadelphia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Elfreth's Alley and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We rode our Segways from the Waterfront Cafe area to Elfreth's Alley. What fun! Our guide was energetic and knowledgeable about the various periods of dwellings and their history. Worth the $55... 
    We rode our Segways from the Waterfront Cafe area to Elfreth's Alley. What fun! Our guide was energetic and knowledgeable about the various periods of dwellings and their history. Worth the $55...  more »
  • This is the place in Philadelphia we find most tourists. Elfreth's Alley offers a glimpse into colonial America, albeit with a heavily touristy touch. Good for a couple photos but not exactly the... 
    This is the place in Philadelphia we find most tourists. Elfreth's Alley offers a glimpse into colonial America, albeit with a heavily touristy touch. Good for a couple photos but not exactly the...  more »
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  • Interesting piece of history, no charge to walk the property. I found it interesting that 29 of the 32 homes are privately owned and occupied. You get a feel for how people lived in the 16 and 1700s. Looks like they have very specific rules where you can't update the property without deconstructing the historical significance. The museum was closed when I visited so I can't speak to that. If you are unaware, the claim to fame for this alley is it's the longest continuously occupied homes in the country.
  • History buffs will love this spot. Dating back to 1703, this street is known as being the oldest continuous neighborhood in America. Located n Old City, Philadelphia, Elfreth’s Alley is made up of 32 homes including a museum, Elfreth’s Alley Museum. In years outside of the Covid pandemic, Elfreth’s Alley hosted a “Deck the Alley” event which included caroling, holiday festivities, and self-guided tours of 13 private homes. This cherished landmark is a great place for photos and saunters through time but be aware that many of the buildings are current private residences so decorum and respectful visiting are necessary for all visitors.

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