Known as the oldest residential street in the country, Elfreth's Alley boasts nearly 30 houses dating from the early 18th to ... More
Known as the oldest residential street in the country, Elfreth's Alley boasts nearly 30 houses dating from the early 18th to 19th centuries, most generally middle-class homes of merchants and small businessmen. The colonial lodgings give visitors an appreciation of the endurance of the craftsmanship of the American forefathers. The rustic edifices inspire the flavor of the Revolutionary Days. Families who pledge to preserve the look of the structures currently occupy the houses. Home #126 features period furniture and other changing exhibits.
If you're an urban planning geek or just like to look at the nation's history, Elfreth's Alley is a pretty cool place. I happen to love neighborhoods, their history and how they developed. It's amazing to me that this street of residential homes - the oldest in the nation - is still standing and that people are actually living in the homes. Awesome local history.
It may just be an alley, but walking through this alley lined on both sides by quaint 18th century homes, did give me the "walk back in time" feeling. Located in Old City (in the vicinity of the Independence National Historical Park), this place is worth a quick photo stopover. At least, you can then say that you have walked along America's oldest continuously occupied residential street.
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