We believe historic sites are not static antiquities – they are living institutions that connect the current day with the past. The Elfreth's Alley Association is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences and educating visitors with community programs throughout the year.


Meet Sarah Melton - Summer 2018

It is our great pleasure this summer to offer our guests, the opportunity to “meet” Sarah Melton in collaboration with Historic Philadelphia Inc. EEA will be hosting her in the house and on the street she lived and worked on in the late 18th century. Sarah will be with us during June, July and August on Saturdays from 11am - 3pm as well as some Fridays this summer.

Sarah Melton was a colonial businesswoman who worked as a “mantua maker” designing one-of-a-kind dresses for her clients in Philadelphia. She lived in our museum house beginning in the 1760s until her death of yellow fever in 1793. Come learn about popular clothing styles of the late 1700s.

She is incredibly knowledgeable about the fashion she created for the wealthy as well as her middling class neighbors, Sarah can explain the design, creation, and purpose of many of the items of clothing that were worn by our colonial ancestors. She is also a wealth of knowledge of much of the social history and the customs of the time. Drop by and speak with her and perhaps even have a photo or “image” made with you wearing some of our colonial costumes. (Free with admission to the house museum)



On Saturday June 30th from 10-12 pm, the Elfreth’s Alley Assoc. in collaboration with the Fireman’s Hall Museum will participate in PECO’s Go 4th and Learn series. This Free event will give visitors an opportunity to experience what it meant to live in Philadelphia during the 18th century and how our early ancestors tied to prevent fires and how they handled them when
they occurred. The day will consist of FREE admission to the Elfreth’s Alley House Museum, opportunities to try on colonial clothing and take photos, listen to a story told at the storyteller bench & take home a free book provided by Books in Homes.

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first friday - Sip & Stroll

Sip & Stroll History is an opportunity to visit the Elfreth’s House Museum with free admission and learn Bits of American Social History and perhaps engage in a liquid refreshment in a relaxed atmosphere during Old City District’s First Fridays. This event is from 5pm to 8pm and again admission to the event is free.





Deck the Alley ~ December 1, 2018

This holiday event is the last opportunity of the year for visitors to enter the private historic homes on Elfreth's Alley. Like the house exteriors themselves, some boast traditional decorations and others feature their owners’ own artistic imaginations.

 Visitors will spot Santa Claus, hear the sounds of colonial carolers and watch traditional loom weaving as the street transforms into a winter wonderland under the glow of holiday lights. The Museum store will also have a selection of specialty items for purchase.

Doors open 3-7pm



Philadelphia, PA 19106


All proceeds support the education & preservation programs of the Elfreth’s Alley Association.