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Elfreth's Alley | Philadelphia

As the oldest residential street in the United States, the first home in Elfreth's Alley was built in 1702. There are now 32 houses on this tiny (16 feet wide) street. To say that it's charming doesn't begin to describe it. Minus the one home used by the non-profit Elfreth's Alley Association (for a gift shop and tour), all homes on the street are private residences. I can't imagine how expensive it is to live there now, but back in the day Elfreth's was a completely average working class factory neighborhood with multiple immigrant families crammed in small spaces. The website is worth visiting and the history of the alley is fascinating. Check it out and enjoy a sampling of the photos I took during my morning in the alley.




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