The Oldest Street In America Is Right Here In Philadelphia And It’s Amazing

Elfreth’s Alley is a historic street between Race and Arch, off of 2nd Street. It is the oldest residential street in the United States, and it dates back to 1702. The entire alley is a National Historic Landmark. I’m sure you’ve strolled this street while exploring Old City, but do you know about the incredible history behind the alley? Read below to learn more about how it was almost razed to make room for factories.

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Old City is full of incredibly walkable streets that are filled with history, but none quite as impressive as the oldest residential street in the country! They are absolutely worth exploring, though — check out this list of Philadelphia’s most walkable streets and get to exploring your hometown.