Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

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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  • There are very few places where one can see the living conditions as they were 300 years ago. Elfreth’s Alley is one. It is very impressive that this short street, lined with 18th century homes has be...  more »
  • This street is well kept by the residents and a beautiful street to stroll down, we were there at Halloween and everyone had made at little more effort. Go early and beat the crowds then carry on to B...  more »
  • This was a bit off our beaten path, but I had read about it being the oldest street in the US and how lovely and quaint it was. Yes, it is quite pretty, but apart from that there's not much to see. We...  more »
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  • Went to the Fete day open house. It was very informative. It's part historical and part interior design. You get to see places the lower and middle classes lived since colonial times and at the same time see what people have done with these small spaces.
  • Quaint and oft-overlook piece of American and Philadelphian history. Many lifelong city residents don't know about this important strip. Not worth coming down to see on its own, but definitely worth a walk-through next time you're in the area.
  • Very neat to visit, homes are in great shape for their age. I've never seen a row of homes so well preserved. For sure worth a quick walk through.
  • I had the pleasure of living here for six months. Every day brought new visitors, and the tour guides would always have interesting facts about this historic street. It's possible that I photobombed you as you photographed the houses
  • I live in the neighborhood so I walk through here all the time. I love the tiny alley and how cozy it is. Lots of interesting historical things here too. Definitely a good place to check out in the city.

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