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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Address: 532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number: 215/597-8780
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Ranked #71 of 254 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other stories, Poe wrote The...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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Herndon, Virginia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
62 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

I had a blast here. The house itself is fairly small and plain, and they haven't had the resources to do any restoration work, so most of the walls are bare and lacking furniture. But, that's made up by the amount of fun the Park Rangers have showing the place off. They've really embraced Poe's various stories. There's a plastic... More 

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st.louis
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A little off the beaten path, so we drove and parked right across the street!.Upon reaching the gate siting on the front step was a Black Cat!!!. That is one of my favorite works of Poe so I knew that was a good omen.The house is basically void of furnishings except for one room is done in period furniture. I... More 

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Southern Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We walked FAR to get to this site and there really wasn't much to look at. Edgar Allen Poe only lived here for one year - although it was apparently the year he wrote The Raven. This is not one that I'd visit again.

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I was first initiated in the works of Poe at a young age, around 4th grade or so, thereby hooking me for the rest of my life! When my wife suggested we go last Friday (we were both off for Teachers In-Service at the schools we both work), I jumped at the opportunity! And, I am glad we went! Sure,... More 

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Archbald, Pennsylvania
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21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The house has no furniture as mentioned by others, but I didn't see that as a deterrent. Plaques in each room describe what they were used for and who stayed in them. The basement was an enjoyable feature. It was still awesome to walk through the same rooms that Poe once inhabited. A great feature is that the tour is... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The former home of Poe is located outside the realm of where most of the historic sites are located downtown. Don't expect much upon arriving to the house. The house is completely bare, however the additional has a lot of information and the park staff is very knowledgable and helpful.

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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42 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

the house is still standing but not furnished. bare walls in most of the place. The Raven on the pedestal outside is the highlight. Not worth a special visit.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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43 reviews 43 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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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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