Most Charming Street In Philadelphia?
Elfreth’s Alley: The Nation’s Oldest Intact Residential Streetscape
We feel so lucky to go to work everyday in one of the most historically rich sections of Philadelphia; Old City. One of my favorite streets to wander down is Elfreth’s Alley. It has been continually inhabited since 1702. Most of the early dwellers were artisans, blacksmiths & craftsman. It is interesting to think that Old City is STILL known for it’s art scene.
Back in 1934, in the middle of the Great Depression, Dorothy Ottey (owner of a local luncheonette catering to factory workers) launched an effort to preserve & protect this tiny street. Most historical preservation at this time focused on the affluent. Due to her efforts Philadelphia has managed to preserve a slice of history created by the “regular people” who founded Philadelphia & this great nation.
As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, built between the years of 1728 & 1836. There is a museum on site & many plaques with more information if you want to explore yourself. If you would like a guided tour they run daily & their website has more information.
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