National Park Service

The Great American Landmarks Adventure
Elfreth's Alley
We established neighborhoods in towns.

Step into our time machine!

Elfreth's Alley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This narrow street in downtown Philadelphia looks almost the way it did over 250 years ago. The people who lived here were local merchants and tradesman of modest incomes. Their small houses were connected side by side in rows with a narrow alleyway between for foot traffic and horse-drawn carts. Many new town houses you see today are arranged like the houses in Elfreth's Alley.

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