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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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Charming Walk

This area was so adorable! I'm glad we took the time to walk over and see the oldest inhabited houses in the area! The whole walk was so charming.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
ElizabethR_22
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Waunakee, Wisconsin

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

It's claim to fame is that this is the longest continuously occupied street in America. It's the tiniest little stretch of houses. They sort of look old but not really. And they are quaint but not worth going out if your way for. It's a nice photo opportunity at best. We were there when the museum was supposed to be... More 

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This area was so adorable! I'm glad we took the time to walk over and see the oldest inhabited houses in the area! The whole walk was so charming.

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Seaford, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It's a pretty block to walk through. There is a museum of sorts, although we didn't take advantage of that. There was a gentleman sitting outside to answer questions. Nice photo op, and it's free.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Don't plan for a lot of time here, but it is very interesting to take a walk through and see these houses -- a little bit of history. Kudos to the Historical Society for maintaining this gem!

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Described as the nation's oldest residential street, what makes this street so ironic is that when it was founded it was the home of artisans and tradespeople. Today, houses on this street command a price that the folk who built them could not afford. There is a museum on this street which tells the story of two dressmakers. However, the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

There is nothing to do in Elfreth's Alley except to see the houses. It is worth a walk through, but there is nothing else to do here. Interesting to see. It will only take a few minutes and is within walking distance of the other historic sites, so it is worth doing.

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Manalapan, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It is a beautiful small neighborhood with very narrow street and small buildings. I was impressed to hear that most of the buildings are privately owned and people still live there. Nice for a short stroll

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is the oldest residential street still in existence. The homes are beautiful and the narrow alley connecting them is much different than most neighborhoods we see today. An easy spot to visit near Christ Church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was very hot and humid the dat,we visited, so my 10-year-old was impatient with the scenery, but my husband and we're charmed There is a couple that runs a museum and gift shop. We declined the tour, but the gentleman was informative and we learned a lot in just a few minutes' conversation. I plan to return without my... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Interesting little street, As a Brit it field very much like home with it narrow streets and architecture. It appears that the residents do their upmost to preserve it as it was in the late 18th century.

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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
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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