Elfreth’s Alley known as “Our nation’s oldest residential street” has been a home to the citizens of Philadelphia since 1702. Today there are 32 houses along the alleyway that were built between 1728 – 1836.
These houses form one of the last intact early American streetscapes and are a National Historic Landmark, yet by the turn of the early 20th century it was nearly all lost as the alley had become run down and faced demolition. Luckily in 1934 the Elfreth’s Alley Association was formed by resident Dorothy Ottey and not only did they save and preserve the street, the association continues to do so today.
Next time you are in the old town part of Philly take a wander down the alley and soak up all that history.