The Original Block Party
A stroll down America’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia, won’t take long – it’s home to just 32 buildings. But you may find yourself reminiscing about American heritage for a while longer.
The homes, all built between 1728 and 1836, still retain their colonial charm – flower boxes hang from windows, wood shutters accent brick facades, and the homes themselves are perched along a cobblestone street.
The original residents were mostly tradesmen who worked out of the first floor of their homes. Cobblers, blacksmiths, shipwrights, shoemakers, silversmiths, glassblowers, and furniture makers all claimed Elfreth’s Alley for their homes and workspaces until the Industrial Revolution ushered factories into the neighborhood and changed the way things were made.
We couldn’t resist a stop at this historical landmark to appreciate those early artisans.