The residents of Old City’s historic Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously residential street, will once again open their doors for the annual “Deck the Alley” open house this Saturday, December 1 from 4-7 p.m.
As the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited street, Elfreth’s Alley was home to 18th century colonial Philadelphians. Its painstakingly preserved architectural details — cedar shingle roofs, Flemish bond brickwork — are nothing compared to the exquisite interiors, open to the public only twice a year.
Admission to “Deck The Alley,” $20 for adults, $10 for students and $55 for families, includes seasonal refreshments, colonial carolers and an appearance from jolly old Benjamin Franklin himself.
Enjoy fireside holiday stories like “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” and “Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus,” and a lecture on Philadelphia’s holiday history by Philadelphia tour guide Ed Mauger.
Archeologists who participated in this summer’s excavation will also be on site to talk to visitors about the digging history on Elfreth’s Alley.
Bonus: guests will save 20% on all gift shop items during event, and as always, the kids who live on Elfreth’s Alley will have baked goods for sale.
All proceeds support the education and preservation programs of the Elfreth’s Alley Museum. Buy your tickets online.
“Deck The Alley” 2012
When: Saturday, December 1, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Elfreth’s Alley Museum, 126 Elfreth’s Alley
Cost: $20 Adult Admission; $10 Student Admission; $55 Family Admission
More info: www.elfrethsalley.ticketleap.com