By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Visitors to Elfreth’s Alley in Old City Philadelphia got a glimpse Saturday as to what life was like in the 1700’s.

Home owners who live in America’s oldest continuously occupied residential street allowed visitors inside for Fete Day.

“Fete is an old-fashioned word for feast and it is the one day in the tourist season when a dozen of the private homeowners open their houses to the public,” explains Ed Mauger, president of the Elfreth’s Alley Association.

He talks about their first melting pot:

“There was sweetish pewter that made stuff out of pewter in 110. There was a Quaker cabinet-maker. Moses Mordecai lived in 118 and helped find the first synagogue in Philadelphia linked to Israel.

Visitors tell KYW Newsradio they were amazed how people lived here 300 years ago:

“First of all, they were built so well, truly stand the test of time.”

“It’s unbelievable how small the homes were.”

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