Despite having grown up in Philadelphia, Elfreth’s Alley is one of the places that I remember going to once as a child and never again. In fact, before this day, the last time I’d visited was when we had to visit a certain number of historical sites for a project my brother had to do in high school. The details are fuzzy, but I remember this being one of the spots on our tour of historic Philadelphia.
As a result, it was on our list of places to visit when we decided to be tourists in our own city for a day, exploring the historically prominent Old City section of Philadelphia for my husband’s birthday. I planned the itinerary based on his interests and proximity, so Elfreth’s Alley was one of the stops on that list.
One of the many things that surprised us while there is that people still live there! Maybe I’ve been living under a rock all of these years, but I was always under the impression that it was primarily a historical spot with different stores you could walkthrough. I guess that’s what happens when you’re relying on your memory from over 20 years ago.
Kudos to those people living in one of the busiest tourist sites in the city. As beautiful as the homes are, I don’t know if I could do it, haha.
We’ll share a little bit later what our experience was like while visiting the museum in the alley, but for now we figured it would be fun to share some of our favorite photographs that we snapped while admiring the homes.