Friday, April 15, 2011
Elfreths Alley, PA
You could walk down the whole street in less than a minute. You many have to speed walk but that's still quite the accomplishment when you add the fact that you are walking down the oldest street in the nation.
Elfreth's Alley was built in the 18th century, around the time William Penn founded Pennsylvania. The town boomed shorty after.
Some of your ancestors may have even up here. Many artisans and craftsmen lived in Elfreth's Alley. There was also a point of incredible diversity housing Catholics, Jewish, and a even former slave.
At the time of the Industrial Revolution many immigrants from Europe lived here. Fast Forward to the 20th century and the alley was rundown and nearly demolished. in 1934 a group came together to restore the alley and the colonial houses. They knew how special this area was and still is. Without the 32 houses that line the streets there would be less to celebrate when it comes to the lives of everyday Americans.