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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  • This only takes 15 minutes to walk through to see this street that looks like an alley. Kinda neat to know people still live here a few hundred years later.  more »
  • It is a pleasure to stroll along Philadelphia and this is one of its corners. Not everything will be museums. You have to be attentive to streets and buildings, as well as small details that you see.
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  • They say that it is the oldest street in the country that is preserved in its more or less original condition. Found us it fairly difficult to find. It may be that so it was raining the day we removed him part of its charm.
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  • It is the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in the entire United States. Definitely worth a trip. While free most days, there are special days to which you can purchase tickets and go through the houses and they do not disappoint. The people who live there are ridiculously friendly too
  • This off-the-beaten-path spot is definitely worth the trip for those interested in history and novelty. The houses here are kept in good condition and it feels like an authentic trip down a Philadelphia street in the 18th Century. Although there's nothing explicit "to do" here, it's wonderfully photogenic. The current residents have some interesting decor that make it more interesting than it might otherwise be. Toward the eastern end of the street in a little side alley that was really interesting to explore.
  • It's a cute little alley. That day, the snow was falling on us and on the American flags on the street. Be sure to look into all the nooks and crannies, there are some little side streets. It's nice because people still live there. It's probably best to go there when it's not so cold, but at least nobody was there, only me and fransisca very brave she was
  • Charming historic street that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. Was lucky enough to visit while it was snowing out and the result was a magical winter wonderland. Great place to explore before making your way down to Race Street Pier and the waterfront!
  • Amazing alley, kept as what it seems like natural and very original. Never have visited such an historical location. Very well worth the visit. Its free and a very short walk-through. Did not visit the local store but looks like an interesting lot.

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