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Address: 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, 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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Excellent preservation!

We walked down this block and were amazed at the preservation. Its like stepping back in time. And when you realize this is NOT a museum but actual housing, its even more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
lucycan
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Minneapolis, MN

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Alloway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It really is amazing when you come around the corner and see this very charming, narrow little street from another time. I thoroughly enjoyed walking and looking at every detail.

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CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The visitor center mentioned that it was a road with historic old homes and cobble stones. My teenage daughter and I walked there and loved the beauty and preservation of the homes. There was no one else there on a Friday night. What a pleasure to take our time and admire all of the detail without throngs of other people.

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Victor, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Elfreth's Alley is billed as the oldest residential neighborhood in America. Now, some say that this is balderdash and that older communities can be found in places such as St. Augustine, Florida, but I say visit Elfreth's Alley anyways. Strolling down this lane and checking out the quaint row houses on either side gives you a sense of what Colonial... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We walked down this block and were amazed at the preservation. Its like stepping back in time. And when you realize this is NOT a museum but actual housing, its even more amazing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I love this street. It's been beautifully preserved, and they even have a small visitor center/bookstore. The staff person inside was friendly and kind, too. Just be aware that people live in those houses, so be respectful!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

It was only five bucks for the tour and the docents seemed genuinely interested in imparting knowledge to the tourists. I think this is one of the better things to see in Philly.

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Bexley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We walked quite a long way to see this, but I feel it was worth it, as it was really quaint and gave me a bit of insight into the history of Philadelphia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

That about sums up this historic block. We were able to visit twice this trip, including Fete day, when they open many of the houses to public viewing. Make sure you go in the museum home if it's open. There are guides to give a history lesson. You might spot Ben Franklin too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

So that's how they looked back in the day. Beautifully authentic exteriors of some pretty tony residences in the historic district. You stroll down an original cobbled path to view a block's worth of row houses held to strick historic standards. Note the paint colors. The hardware. The cobbles. The windows. You just saw the country's oldest residential neighborhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We enjoyed walking down the alley. Loved seeing the little details...mirrors at the top of the windows, cobbled street, little architectural details. It is obvious that this is a well loved area by the residents.

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Address: Address: 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-574-0560
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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