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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
215/597-8780
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As featured in Philadelphia for free
Ranked #59 of 288 attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other stories, Poe wrote The Tell-Tale Heart here.
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Well done but simple exhibit about Poe's life. The film was especially worthwhile and the staff was very accommodating. I wish there were more artifacts pertaining to the writer.

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Davenport, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Although only open limited hours, this historic site offers a unique opportunity to learn about Poe. The displays and the self-directed tour are very well-executed, and the video adds to the experience as well. There is a beautiful Raven sculpture outside. The Park Ranger docent was very knowledgeable. I am currently reading (and enjoying) a Poe biography that I purchased... More

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you are visiting during the week...don't! It's only open on the weekends. We made the most of our visit to our literary hero by imagining him walking on the same streets as us...

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kansas city, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Lots of information about the writer, and great activities for children. He wrote The Black Cat in this house. Wonderful self-guided tour. Joanne, the National Park Ranger was so kind and helpful. A real gem!

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Hilliard, OH
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were not sure what to expect, but were happy with what we found. A huge mural on a nearby brick building. Free curb-side parking. Free entry. Fabulous short video introduction. Self-guided tour through the house. Wonderful short info facts. Nice little gift shop. Very limited hours. But worth the effort to visit, if you are even vaguely familiar with... More

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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595 reviews 595 reviews
300 attraction reviews
434 helpful votes 434 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Before you go, use GPS and do some research on parking. This is an area where a missed parking opportunity and Philly's one-way streets will mean a circuitous drive around several blocks. Parking is limited, though we had little problem finding a curbside spot on 7th (It was a Sunday). This is another one of those sites that could benefit... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I am not a fan of Poe, so take this review as you wish. It was neat to see how people lived back in the days. There is an informative video you need to watch. The house is empty rooms. It was nice to see, but I didn't learn much, but that could because I am not that familiar with... More

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Lost River, West Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

As part of a road trip to visit the homes and graves of some of our favorite writers, this house had the unlucky position of being the 8th historic home we visited in 4 days. We were tired and cranky and losing steam fast. However, what an amazing stop this was!! NPS rangers were so welcoming and friendly. The house... More

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Reno, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I have always been a Poe fan and so touring a house he lived in was a must. I found the Park rangers very friendly and helpful. Take the time to watch the short video and take the time to read the timeline in the lobby. It made my heart sing to visit the cellar that inspired the short story... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
55 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

A quiet little National Park, located away from the main tourist spots in Philly, makes for an interesting short visit. The Ranger led tour, as is true with just about everything the National Park does, was informative and lively, giving insight into Poe's life and writings that we never knew before. Family friendly, too.

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