Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating back to 1703. There are 32 houses on the street which were built between 1703 and 1836. The Elfreth's Alley Museum is located at #124 and 126. The alley is a National Historic Landmark. Located in the Old City neighborhood, Elfreth's Alley is between North 2nd Street and North Front Street, in the block between Arch and Quarry Streets.
Elfreth's Alley is named after Jeremiah Elfreth, an 18th-century blacksmith and property owner. Among the alley's residents were tradesmen and their families, including shipwrights, silver and pewter smiths, glassblowers, and furniture builders. In the 1770s, one-third of the households were headed by women. The Georgian and Federal-style houses and cobblestone pavement of the alley were common in Philadelphia during this time. The houses are typically small, and many are uniquely Philadelphian Trinity houses.
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Turner Brothers | Feb 5, 2018
We stopped by Elfreth's Alley to get a closer look at one of the residents sewer lines which is located underneath the beautiful brick sidewalk and also underneath the already once restored slate and stone street. When walking the street, one resident of Elfreth's Alley pointed out a very small similar road that ran adjacent from where we were. It looked exactly how it should of. A road that took you back in time , 316 years to be exact. It was a short 3 minute walk a time portal into the year 1702. I am glad we had the pleasure of stopping by and can only hope to be a part of the excavation and restoration that will take place here.
Marilyn Acheson | Jan 24, 2018
So fun to walk this alley, and see rows of homes on either side of the cobble stone road, where our ancestors lived 200 years ago. It appears that modern people still live there! Very narrow, three story homes are connected together like condos, but each a bit different in style or color. Many had the doors decorated for the recently passed Christmas season. Since my husband and I are building, it is especially interesting to see the old architecture. There are occasional very narrow paths closed off by a tiny gate or door, between some of the homes, that lead to a lovely garden area behind them. ( These are not open to the public, but you can peek through the gate sometimes.)
Susan Watts | Feb 25, 2018
Loads of fun for the whole family during their Christmas open house. I think they have an open house twice a year. House owners are on property to answer any questions and people dressed in period costumes makes the tour that more interesting. Something I think I'd like to make a tradition.
Vincent Jacono | Jan 4, 2018
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
David Downey | Nov 21, 2017
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.
Shannon Arner | Mar 8, 2018
Elfreth's Alley was something that was on all of the historic signs in the Old City, and we decided to go and see what it was all about. Like the other reviews, you will note that it is a tiny little street full of row houses, some still lived in today. The museum must have odd hours because we ventured to it twice and it was closed both times. I'm not sure if it offers something more significant about the area, but we found it to be cool to see, but not something to write home about.
Agranya Jampala | Mar 26, 2018
It's a beautiful place to visit and it's like this huge historical treasure hidden in plain sight. Definitely a must see!! A few moments in this alley and you will fall in love with it!!
Kenneth McCreary | Apr 23, 2018
Everyone who is touring Philadelphia seems to find this little alley / street area. This is certainly worth a trip if you're in the area. It is quaint, and to me, it is also a little eerie. The residents don't seem to be that friendly, but I can imagine it is a bit stressful with so many tourists walking around your home. Try to be respectful of them, and they have posted lots of signs in front of their homes asking you not to come up to their door area, etc. There's no restaurants or eateries or cafes in the immediate area, so it's really just a place to for quick stroll.
Brian Gunn | May 14, 2018
If you're a history buff or a casual connoisseur of all things historic, then you do not want to miss this hidden gem. It's off the beaten path of the regular tourist spots, but that makes it that much better. Be sure to respectful because people still live in what's billed as the nation's oldest continuously lived in residential street.
Aubree Broyles | May 17, 2018
This was pretty neat. It's the oldest residential street in the country. The homes were pretty. We went when the one you could tour wasn't open, so I was a little bummed to missed that experience, but overall it was cool to see, if you're in the area.
Kyung Bong | May 8, 2018
A little bit off the beaten path. Fun example of early American homes and cobblestone roads for kids (and adults) that have never experienced them. Just remember these are actual homes, so please respect the homeowners and their property. Well worth the 5 minute detour from the more popular Betsy Ross house.
Amanda Reiser | May 27, 2018
Cute and historical street near the old town area of Philadelphia. There are periodically open houses where you can go inside and tour two of the historical houses. The rest of the homes are private residences but are well maintained for a nice walk into history.
Jaden L.F.2. | Jun 15, 2018
Such a nice, peaceful walk. it's the very first road in America and it's such a nice trail down. if you go to Historical Philadelphia, plan this as one of your tourist attractions. It's so nice.
CC GRz | Jul 24, 2018
So much history and fun. Allowed us to dress up in period appropriate clothing. Tour guides were witty and knowledgeable.
Tom Downing | Jul 10, 2018
Always an interesting walk down this block. I remember visiting as a kid. It made an impact on me back then to see something as familiar and tangible as a house have differences even I could recognize. Now I take my grandchildren there, and they seem to enjoy it. It doesn't take long to make a visit. Downside is there's not much for toddlers to do here, but since you don't have to stay long, that's ok.
Cheryl Andrea | Jul 4, 2018
Cool place if you are into cool architecture and interesting history. The alley was a road into this original neighborhood. 1 narrow lane for the horse carriages. People were definately shorter back then. Note the height of the doorways. Worth the stroll down the alley..
Casey Kathrine | Jul 12, 2018
A perfect little historic spot. I wish there had been a little shopping there. Loved that people are still living on this beautiful quiet street.
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