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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

  • 532 N. 7th St. Map It
  • Northern Liberties
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 02/01/2016

Fodor's Review

One of America's most original writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49), lived here from 1843 to 1844; it's the only one of his Philadelphia residences still standing. During that time some of his best-known short stories were published: "The Telltale Heart," "The Black Cat," and "The Gold Bug." You can tour the three-story brick house; to evoke the spirit of Poe, the National Park Service displays first-edition manuscripts and other rare books and offers interactive exhibits as well. An adjoining house has exhibits on Poe and his family, his work habits, and his literary contemporaries; there's also an eight-minute film and a small Poe library and reading room. A statue of a raven helps set the mood. The site, easily reached from the African American Museum, is five blocks north of Market Street. SEPTA bus 47 travels on 7th Street to Green Street, where you should disembark.

Sight Information

Address:

532 N. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123, USA

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Phone:

215-597–8780

Website: www.nps.gov/edal

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Fri.–Sun. 9–noon and 1–5

Published 02/01/2016

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