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The Life and Times of Edgar Allen Poe: Sites to Explore for Ardent Poe Aficionados

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Delve into the mysterious and haunting world of the master of macabre through a series of meticulously curated sites that provide a glimpse into the various facets of Edgar Allen Poe. A specially curated collection unveiling Poe's enigmatic world, this features gems like Poe's Range Room and the historic Edgar Allan Poe Cottage. Wander through the Providence Athenaeum, where Poe sought literary inspiration, and raise a glass at his supposed last stop, The Horse You Came In On Saloon. Dig into the somber yet compelling sites of Poe's death and burial, including Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and Poe's Tavern. Unearth the poetic treasures at the Poe Museum, stroll through Edgar Allan Poe Square, and explore the mystique surrounding Fort Independence. Thus, this collection invites devoted admirers on a fascinating journey into the brilliance of one of literature's greatest minds.

Poe's Range Room

Located at the University of Virginia, visiting the Range Room is a dream for every Edgar Alan Poe fan. The Range Room was Poe’s dorm room during his student days at the university. Although he was only a student at the university for one year in 1826, many suggest his seeds of creativity were planted there. In 1904, the Raven Society was founded in honor of Poe to sponsor scholarships and fellowships that recognize academic excellence. The Raven Society restored Poe’s dorm room in 1924 in Poe-era condition. The room includes a settee, from one of Poe’s current homes, a writing desk with a black feather quill, and a stuffed raven on the window sill. The society uses the Range Room for annual midnight initiation ceremonies. Poe's work is read, and new members sign their names in a book of names with a quill pen. Since it is an exclusive society, visitors are not directly allowed into the room. There's a glass door that allows you to see the room as it is, accompanied by an audio display of Poe’s life.

13 West Range, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, 22904
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

The outer boroughs of New York City are full of surprises, and this is certainly one of them. The Edgar Allan Poe cottage was the final home of Poe and his wife Virginia. Poe wrote several of his more renowned poems, such as "Annabel Lee" and "Ulalume: A Ballad," in this sparsely furnished home, and when this dawns on you, it’s a revelation, an epiphany. An audiovisual tour describes Poe's life and his works. This is a treasure trove of history for fans of Poe. The well-preserved cottage gives a good perspective on life back then. The cottage, a part of the Historic House Trust and believed to have been built in 1797, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and administered by the Bronx County Historical Society since 1975. Originally located on Kingsbridge Road, the cottage was moved to its current location in Poe Park in 1913.

2640 Grand Concourse, East Kingsbridge Road, The Bronx, New York, NY, United States, 10458
Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is one of America's oldest member-supported libraries, and it has functioned as such since 1753 (although the present structure was built in 1838). According to a 19th-century legend, the poet Edgar Allen Poe courted Sarah Whitman in the stacks of this granite Greek Revival building. Some of the collections include documents and books from the original Providence Library, rare editions from the likes of Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville and other American authors, along with the Robert Burns collection, which has more than 400 items. Today, the Athenaeum hosts events round the year focusing on education for both adults as well as children.

251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI, United States, 02903
The Horse You Came In On Saloon

The Horse You Came In On Saloon is a quaint and quirky bar that features live music every day of the week. Established in 1775, the bar is Baltimore's oldest saloon and has an interesting claim to fame as the author Edgar Allen Poe is believed to have frequented it. Just as lively and vibrant as this saloon was when it first began, it lets the unique décor all over the spacious place speak for it. "The Horse" serves up some delicious Jack Daniels infusions, succulent burgers and hot snacks. If it’s fun, music and a lively atmosphere you crave, then stop by "The Horse" any day of the week. Come in for a drink to check it out. They have two well-stocked bar areas and an extensive selection of craft beers. The seats are horse saddles! They have live music. During the day, it is fun, and you can only imagine how lively it must be at night!

1626 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD, United States, 21231
Site of Edgar Allan Poe's Death

The site of Edgar Allan Poe's death is a hauntingly enchanting destination that draws visitors from near and far. A historical gem and one of the many popular attractions in Baltimore, it is located at 203 North Amity Street in a brown brick building. Captivating literary enthusiasts and curious souls, the site houses carefully curated exhibits showcasing Poe's personal belongings, manuscripts, and artifacts. Thus, exuding an eerie charm with an undeniable allure for visitors, it beckons with a blend of history, mystery, and literary magic.

The former Church Hospital Corner of Broadway and Fairmont, Baltimore, MD, United States, 21231
Edgar Allan Poe's Grave

Edgar Allan Poe's elegant gravesite and the verdant cemetery in which it is located are in the heart of Baltimore. The walk up to this place is awe-inspiring and worth the effort even on a hot day. The church is beautiful. Walking through the cemetery makes history palpable. If you like pretty but peculiar cemeteries and churches, this is the place to be. The beauty and historicity of the place blows you away. Steeped in history, this gravesite is a must-see for all Poe-lovers. It is a wonderful way to spend about an hour. Walk around and read the plaques explaining the historic nature of the place. You could attend a church organ performance. Tour the grounds and the catacombs under the church to encounter the past up-close.

519 West Fayette Street, Westminster Hall and Burial Ground, Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

At the Edgar Allan Pоe National Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA, USA, see where the "Master of the Macabre" penned his American masterpieces. During the six years (1838-1844) that he lived in Philadelphia, Poe wrote and published some of his most groundbreaking tales including: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." The three-building site creates a sense of literary curiosity. What type of surroundings could have inspired a man to put to paper his morose visions of death and betrayal? Admission is free to the public. It is difficult to imagine a place as historic as this in such an unassuming location. This place is for all Poe-lovers as well as it is for those who love old architecture and history. You can get into the eerie basement.

532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19123
Poe Museum

The original manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, "The Raven," along with other memorabilia of the life of this unusual writer, is on display in this museum. Poe grew up in Richmond and frequently visited the city throughout his life. He was last seen in Richmond, VA, before being discovered half-dead in Baltimore, MD, USA. He died shortly thereafter. The Poe Museum is housed in Richmond's oldest stone building. There is an audio guided tour, so keep your ears perked up. This attraction is a small but must-visit one. The gift shop has some thought-provoking souvenirs, and you can take pictures of yourself in the garden, in the library and most of all with a nice standup coffin.

1914 E Main Street, Richmond, VA, United States, 23223
Edgar Allan Poe Square

In 2009, on Poe’s 200th birth anniversary, Boston renamed a small plaza the “Common Edgar Allan Poe Square.” The whole area was razed to the ground for urban renewal decades ago. The plaza is close to where Poe’s house once stood. The area is replete with several buildings dedicated to Poe and the associated plaques, artifacts and medallions that adorn them. At the Edgar Allan Poe Square, located at the intersection of Boylston and Charles Streets, see the statue of author Edgar Allan Poe and his “The Tell-Tale Heart” and symbols from his other well-known poems from up-close at Boston Common. It is a dainty little area with the statue of the legendary author drawing in crowds for a quick photo.

Boylston St & Charles St, Boston, MA, United States, 02116
Fort Independence

Sitting along the historic shores of Castle Island, Fort Independence in Boston beckons visitors into a living tapestry of American history. A 19th-century construction, this granite fortress showcases the nation's resilience. Aptly named, the fortress' formidable bastions and iconic stone walls whisper tales of Revolutionary War heroes. Finding a spot on the National Register of Historic Places list, this is a site worth visiting to take a step back in time. Thus, come here for panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline while having an immersive encounter with the past.

2010 William J Day boulevard, Castle Island, Boston, MA, United States, 02127
Poe's Tavern

Named after the poet who left his mark on Sullivan's Island in 1827, Edgar Allan Pоe’s Tavern is a highly rated casual restaurant a couple of blocks from the beach and offers a Lowcountry menu with various appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, fish tacos and sandwiches. Located in what used to be a 1940s house, it is covered with Poe's posters and photos from wall to wall. The items on the menu are named after his memorable literary subjects and characters, such as the Raven, the Pit and the Pendulum, the Gold Bug and the Starving Artist. Outdoor dining is available under the front porch with an awning or at tables with umbrellas in the front garden. Their selection of draft beers is extensive. Diners can also purchase mugs, T-shirts and other merchandise from the small gift shop on-site.

2210 Middle St., Sullivan's Island, SC, United States, 29482
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