Philadelphia Alley
Philadelphia Alley
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  • Diane B
    Norfolk, Virginia86 contributions
    Wonderful piece of history!
    This is just a wonderful piece of history behind the Dock Street Theater. There is a haunting, but wonderful, feeling you get as you stroll through this hidden alley with big overgrown trees to shroud from the sun and heat. A plaque over head tells of the funding the city of Philadelphia provided to restore it from the duels and fires that happened here. It's off Cumberland as you head toward East Bay Street. See for yourselves!
    Written June 23, 2022
  • robmillermail
    New Port Richey, Florida57 contributions
    Historic and scenic Philadelphia Alley
    Best enjoyed late and in the rain with a grand storyteller at your side. Historic old duels, stories of love, rejection, brothels, theatre, etcetera. Worth at least a half-hour stroll if not with a tour.
    Written February 16, 2021
  • KarloGato
    Chicago, Illinois105 contributions
    Streets and alleys
    We visited Philadelphia Alley and a number of sites during a day spent walking in downtown Charleston. There were plenty of sites on the side streets and bay. It's best to park the car and then spend the day walking. We parked near King & Queen Sts. Charleston is worth spending time to explore.
    Written November 21, 2022
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taangel179
York, PA288 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I am so happy we found this picture perfect alley. This alley has tons of character, history and shade. We even found a brick with finger prints in it. I wish we would have sought out more alleys like this one.
Written August 3, 2020
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Bob H
Dover, DE247 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
My wife really wanted to walk down this alley when we visited Charleston and I'm glad we did. We visited the area early Sunday morning, just as folks were headed to church. It was quiet and it was beautiful. The lush colors and plants, the old buildings and cobblestones and the quiet solitude of a Charleston Sunday made this almost a spiritual experience. Kids probably wouldn't appreciate the stroll, but we certainly did. One of the highlights of our very enjoyable visit to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
Written March 28, 2015
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auntiekathy3
Middleboro, MA22 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
This was not shown on any of the tours however I saw this place on Trip Advisor and was very happy that I went to see it. It is just a small alley, not very wide, however the trees make a beautiful canopy over the alley and there are flowers along the way. It was peaceful and we got some lovely pictures here. I recommend taking the time to find it. It is very close to where all of the horse and carriage tours are located.
Written August 13, 2014
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Pepperlove6
Savannah, GA55 contributions
As the site made notorious for the number of duels that occurred here, it is often mentioned during ghost tours within the city! While I can't speak for the ghosts, I think it's a very lovely area and although we've been there numerous times, I can't say I've seen anything that has given me the shivers. Now the graveyard of the round church is different story!
Written July 22, 2014
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Philadelphia Alley is just a short street, the signage is not very good, so it is easy to go unnoticed. But if you find the cast bronze memorial plague, you'll know you have arrived.

After two fires that burned the street down, the city of Philadelphia came to the rescue and the street was rebuilt. With monetary donation. Something like a 'Go Fund Me ' of today.

Rebuilt in early eighteen hundreds, with more documented history of duels gone wrong - another layer of interest added...

Oh, and it is haunted too...

Short little hidden street in Charleston....I liked everything about it ...
Written May 1, 2017
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cheryl h
Durham, NC57,463 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The alley (created in 1776) is only one block long. The locals still call it "duelers alley" because of the number of duels that took place there. The brick wall even has a door leading straight to the cemetery. It's said to be haunted and is one of the locations on the ghost tours. The brick and cobblestone walkway might be difficult to walk on if you wear heels so be careful. There is a lot of history in this one block stretch.
Written October 20, 2016
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NobleRogue
Miami, FL88 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
During our recent visit to Charleston I made a point to find and walk down Philadelphia Alley because of some reviews that said how beautiful the stroll was and how good it was for pictures. And I will agree with them. However, there are far prettier locations for pictures and a lot nicer cobble stone street to photograph or on which to be photographed that will help you capture the true beauty of the wonderful city. My point is put this location at the bottom of your list of places to visit.
Written November 20, 2014
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rmscache
Atlanta, GA41 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Marked the alley on our city map and took a little detour so we could see it. It is very green and shady, which was much appreciated on a very hot day! It is also more picturesque than the other alleys we have seen on our visit. Nice to walk through if you are in the vicinity, but I am not sure it is worth making a special effort to go see it.
Written August 7, 2014
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,815 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The spooky haunted Philadelphia Alley is also known as Blood Alley due to pirate fist fights and gentlemen duels. We toured the alley on our ghost tour and learned the bloody haunting history.
Written October 31, 2021
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travelinspiration
Dallas, TX298 contributions
Oct 2021
We literally visited all the alleys in Charleston on recent vacation, and this was the most picturesque for sure! Fantastic area to explore, though I do recommend visiting all of them - just google for various websites for listings.
Written October 27, 2021
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