After spending two days trying to get out of four dates I don’t remember agreeing to be on and avoiding a guy who wanted to drive 150 miles to hang out, I had some free time to visit one of the most beautiful, historical and quaint street in Philadelphia – Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street which dates back to the first days of the 18th century.
This British inspired alley in the heart of Philadelphia’s Olde Town, makes me miss waking up to crumpets and a good malt scotch, dipping biscuits in my tea and eating decent Shepherd’s Pie under a portrait of the Queen and her corgies. I would easily live in this alley – if all the tourists would not stare into my living room window with their SLR’s and wide eyed wonderment all day. It’s small, colourful, inspired, pretty, joyful and historic.
The alley has seen residents such as English colonists who worshipped at nearby Chris Church and Cophie Douglass, a former slave, began his life here as a free man. The Alley became a neighborhood of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and other parts of Europe who sought new opportunities in America. Since 1702, Elfreth’s Alley has been home to more than 3,000 people. Today 32 houses, built between 1728 and 1836, line the alley. They form one of the last intact early American streetscapes in the nation. And I want one. Pretty please? For those wanting a slice of crumpets and honey inspired life in downtown Philly, a house is for sale on the alley for $535,000.