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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
c/o Independence National Historical Park , 143 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The reading room at the Poe National Historic Site.
Photo credit: By Midnightdreary (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a preserved home once rented by American author Edgar Allan Poe. Though Poe lived in many houses over several years in Philadelphia (1837 to 1844), it is the only one which still survives. While living in Philadelphia, Poe published some of his most well-known works, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Gold-Bug". The site combines Poe's former residence and two adjoining houses that were not built until after Poe left Philadelphia. The rooms of the house are left in arrested decay and are not furnished to look like they did during Poe's time. The neighboring residences include a welcome area, gift shop, a film screening room, and some minor exhibits. The site also includes a reading room decorated based on Poe's theories in "The Philosophy of Furniture." The room includes a complete collection of Poe's works, including criticism, and audio interpretations of his work. The cellar in the house resembles one described in "The Black Cat" (1843), also written while Poe lived in Philadelphia. Though the house does not include any items originally owned by the Poe family, many items are collected nearby at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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