Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

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#7 of 29 in Historic Sites in 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. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Elfreth's Alley can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Live in Italy inevitably creates a filter to your feelings, despite the efforts that everyone can do to prepare themselves with free spirit and eye serene. The whole premise serves to justify a judgment disenchanted about a hundred meters, cobbled (badly), with few historic homes (!) well kept and very colorful. Cute, really though ....
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  • August 13, 2017
    Street with historic houses which refer to the period of the American colonization, are homes that currently rely on residents normally.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continuously occupied street in North America. The street is so narrow as to not accommodate cars. Most of the street dates back to pre-Revolution era. There is a museum ...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    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
  • April 29, 2017
    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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