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Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

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#6 of 63 in Historic Sites in Philadelphia
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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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  • This quaint, lived in alley houses some beautifully decorated homes with a history of it's inception. Take a stroll through and admire the beautiful homes but do remember IT IS RESIDENTIAL! 
    This quaint, lived in alley houses some beautifully decorated homes with a history of it's inception. Take a stroll through and admire the beautiful homes but do remember IT IS RESIDENTIAL!  more »
  • A historic residential street with a small museum. The museum is open Friday to Sunday (noon to 4pm) this time of year. 
    A historic residential street with a small museum. The museum is open Friday to Sunday (noon to 4pm) this time of year.  more »
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  • Great and beautiful place to check out! Rich with history. There is a small museum you can see that gives you a little educational background on the location and it’s homes there. The museum tickets are $3 each. You can see how the homes were like in the 1700’s. The museum is only open on the weekends and they close in the afternoon so I’d recommend checking the hours and going early before you go. There isn’t much to see here. It will be a short trip but definitely worth a trip. I enjoyed it.
  • Really magical little place. Couldn't stop myself from imaging what it must have been like back in the day be to have such a solid yet petite slice of secure, personal, comforable space in the heart of a new city in a new country while a chaotic war / social unrest (depending on the time period being imaging) whirled all around you. Was lucky enough to be able to speak to one of the private owners of one of the surrounding brick buildings, (most are still privately owned and lived in) and get a little insight.

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