The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

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Martí Micolau

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It is the residence where the writer composed and published some of his greatest short stories.

Poe lived in this red brick house in 1843 together with his wife, Virginia, and his mother-in-law, Maria Clemm, for about a year before moving to New York.

In this period he wrote "the black Cat“, In which he describes a sinister basement similar to the one in this house. He also wrote 3 of his masterpieces here: "The revealing heart","The fall of the Usher house"and "The golden beetle".

During the visit it is possible to wander around 6 gloomy rooms of the house and in the basement, where Poe's imagination ran wild. THE Rangers they will tell you how Poe dealt with poverty, his wife's serious illness (he had tuberculosis) and his personal demons.

The entrance is participation and reservations are not required except for groups, schools, etc.

Where it is: 532 North 7th Street Philadelphia, 19123
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 9:00 - 17:00
How to reach us: Take the SEPTA bus Route 47 and get off on 7th & Spring Garden Street

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