Dear JoAnn and Correspondents:
Thanks for this info. let me add DECK THE ALLEY, the annual holiday open house on Elfreth's Alley, from 4 to 7 pm, Saturday, December 4. About a dozen of the residents open their decorated houses to the public: add carolers, refreshments, and Benjamin Franklin himself for a good time. There's also a high-end colonial Christmas option, complete with carriage ride, reception at the mansion of Franklin's wine merchant and an authentic 18th century feast at City Tavern.
Reputedly America's oldest residential street (309 yrs. old), most of the half million yearly visitors miss the back story about the colonial residents - the effects of religious freedom in a colony with no heavy tax to support an established church: the Free African tailor moving in with his bride, the Jewish merchant who helped found Mikveh Israel, the French pirate who eventually became the richest man in America, the two women who ran their own successful business (and owned their own home at a time most rented).
Philadelphia was "paradise for artisans and hell for preachers and politicians."
Check out the Elfreth's Alley website for full details.
Happy Thanksgiving. Ed Mauger