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Visit the Oldest Street in the USA: Elfreth’s Alley

Did you know that the oldest street in the USA is located in Philadephia, Pennsylvania? I had no idea! I learned all about Elfreth’s Alley when I was doing research for our D.C. trip. Since we were going to drive past Philly, we decided to make a stop and explore this cool part of history. Plus, the entire block is full of my kind of facades.

We only spent about an hour taking in and capturing this picturesque area. You really don’t need that much time there. However, I didn’t realize you can actually tour one of the historical homes! I’d love to go back to do that one day. They also offer guided tours of the street, if you’re looking to learn more about its history.

Elfreth’s Alley is our nations oldest street dating back to 1736, some believe it goes back even further. You can find it between Second Street and the Delaware River. There’s an entire association that works hard to preserve this beautiful colonial area. You can read more about it on their website.

Side note: The more I dug into Philly, the more I realized there’s a lot of cool things to do there so we’ll need to go back! But if you’re ever near the area, I recommend a walk through this historical block.

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  • Reply Louise September 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Cool – I had no idea! Thanks for sharing all your photos 🙂

  • Reply Karlie @ Miss Wanderlust September 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    What a gorgeous street! I had no idea this existed in the US. I’d love to see it one day.

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