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Elfreth’s Alley

The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street...

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Named for blacksmith and property owner Jeremiah Elfreth, Elfreth’s Alley was home to the eighteenth-century artisans and tradespeople who were the backbone of Colonial Philadelphia.

Over 300 years later, the historic 32 houses that line the street remain hot properties, and this itty-bitty cobblestone alley is a designated National Historic Landmark.

Two adjacent houses, built in 1755, now function as a museum and gift shop.

Visitors can explore the historic alleyway on their own or join a 45-minute guided tour.

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