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Elfreth's Alley

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-574-0560
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now...
America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Hard to believe people lived in such cramped quarters

Visit the nations oldest inhabited street where you will find evidence of the first purchasers of fire insurance and the existence of carriage tracks and cellar doors. Hard to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Oldest Residential Street in the US, complete with cobblestone center for horse-drawn carriages. It is a wonderfully historic and amazing place to walk around. Definitely a step back in time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Visit the nations oldest inhabited street where you will find evidence of the first purchasers of fire insurance and the existence of carriage tracks and cellar doors. Hard to believe that these 3 and 4 story walk-ups housed our earliest settlers dating back to the early 1700's.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

if you are heading to the Clay Studio, detour and check out this lovely alley. The museum was closed with no hours posted, but the houses are nice. Reminded me of New Orleans.

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Carrollton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is cool if you happen by it but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again. The street hold some nice history and the row houses are cute. Although I wouldn't want to live on this street with all the tourist walking down it.

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Part of the Historic Philadelphia Tour... should see it - it's great if you are in a group with a guide to explain all the stops. Great for Middle School kids as well as adults.

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Denton, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Elfreth's Alley is one of the oldest residential streets in America. Its only one block long but worth a look. I was there in the summer but I bet it is pretty in Autumn. The residents take pride in their homes and don't seem to mind the boot traffic.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a nice residential street today with Museum houses as well. A walk up and down is just about all that is needed and to take a picture or two. If we were not returning from another attraction we would not have made the effort to go here. While walking back to the Hilton on the Landing we had... More 

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Uberlandia, MG
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

the beautiful street, many brides choose the place for your wedding photos for beauty. When we arrived they had two couples taking pictures with his groomsmen, brides were gorgeous and the charming street.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Elfreth's Alley isn't too far away from the National Historic Park. It's a beautiful little alley which gives you some idea of what a residential area might have looked like long ago.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I made it a point to go on a Tuesday since they are not open on Mondays. Sadly they were still not open. No sign, just a locked door. By that time I had taken 2 tours and driven past it multiple times. I made a point and walked over from the Betsy Ross house to take the museum tour.... More 

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