I hadn’t heard of Elfreth’s Alley until a colleague of mine mentioned it about a month ago. It’s the oldest residential street in the United States – it has been occupied since 1702, and the current standing houses all date back to between 1728 and 1836.
DH and I stumbled across the street accidentally – we were actually looking for the entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (which turns out to be about four blocks further west).
It’s a quaint street for sure, but it felt weird to linger since the houses are all still occupied.
There is a museum, though. Does anyone know if it’s worthwhile?
If not, then I at least hope to visit Elfreth’s Alley again next year when they have their annual fete day. It’s basically an open house – the one day of the year when the residents open up their homes to tourists.
Alternatively, I could just buy one of them. The former old-timey bakery, now a plush residential home, went on the market this summer for $795,000.