Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia: The Oldest Street in the USA

Did you know that the oldest street in America is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? I had no idea! I learned all about Elfreth’s Alley when I was doing research for our DC 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 Elfreth’s Alley, 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 in Philadelphia. There’s an entire association that works hard to preserve this beautiful colonial area.

Side note: The more I dug into Philly, the more I realized there’s a lot of cool things to do there so now I’m planning a trip back ASAP. But if you’re ever near the area, I recommend a walk through this historical block.

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  • Reply Sherry Parsons September 15, 2020 at 5:44 am

    St. Augustine, FL has 2 streets far older.

  • 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.

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

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

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