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Elfreth's Alley – Philadelphia

Elfreth's Alley Elfreth's Alley Photo by Céline via Flickr

Tucked away in the middle of Race and Arch Streets, in the second street, Philadelphia’s Elfreth’s Alley is carried to the front a portrayal of the late 1700’s, Elfreth’s Alley is considered the oldest suburban street in the United States of America occupied in a long stretch, show what the region of Grand Philadelphia looked like before. Narrow and cobblestone streets are covered by plain brick homes which were once made for Philadelphia artisans as well as their households. By the side of Elfreth’s Alley, you will see the historical Elfreth’s Alley Museum and explore the two renovated homes, one that served as the house of a chair maker, while the other one serves as a house of a dressmaker.

This place was named after Jeremiah Elfreth an eighteen century blacksmith and land proprietor. Among the Elfreth’s Alley inhabitants were businessmen, which include shipwrights, glassblowers, silver as well as pewter smiths, and even furniture builders. Year 1770, one third of the Alley’s residence are headed by women. Federal and Georgian style houses and cobble pavement were popular in this place during that year.

Early of twentieth century’s business started to change the whole place. Maybe the first was the development of the stove factory in 1868 which took its position in a line of residential homes.

Finally, factories bounded Elfreth's Alley. The waterfront of city's was just a few block away. Business changed too much the structural design; consecutive waves of settlers, lured in the nearby occupations, in 1900, the area was overpoweringly Irish.


Museum Hours: 
April to DecemberTue - Sat: 10-5pm; Sun: 12-5pm
January to March Tue - Sat: 11-5pm; Sun: 11-5pm
Address/Map:   126 Elfreths Alley Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 574-0560
Website: Plan your visit to Elfreth's Alley
Guided Tours: Adult $5 | family $12.00 | child (6–12) $2.00 | child under 6 FREE