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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites Elfreth's Alley
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

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This funky and historic section of town near the Delaware River is a blend of cafés, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and some amazing historic gems. We all learned about Betsy Ross making the country’s flag back in grade school. Visit her house to see the birthplace of the stars and stripes and the stories behind its making. Want to see the oldest—and cutest—residential street in America? Check out Elfreth’s Alley, dating back to 1702, and stop in the Elfeth’s Alley Museum to learn more about this National Historic Landmark. Walk a few minutes to the historic Christ Church, founded in 1695, and active today. Revolutionary-era attendees of the Episcopal house of worship included Ben Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Rush and Sally Franklin Bache.

By: Sarah Jordan



Address: S 2nd and Market Sts (good starting point)
Opening hours: various times
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  • Late openings Friday March 5 2021 - Friday November 5 2021
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