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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 #73 of 276 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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English first
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225 reviews 225 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I am a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe and when I discovered that there was a historic site dedicated to him in Philly, I made sure to squeeze it in. Once I found the house, which is not in the best of of neighborhoods. I was disappointed to discover that the author had spent an extremely short period of... More

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PORT ALLEGANY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is one of the several rented houses in which Poe lived during his productive six years in Philadelphia. It is unfurnished and unrestored with paintings on the walls suggestive of period furnishings. A short slide show bio introduces Poe. We were grateful we had the time to take the guided tour as the guide was knowledgeable, informative, passionate even.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This historic site was a pleasant surprise. There was a sign to knock before entering, and to my surprise, it was really nice inside. There is a self guided tour of Edgar Allan Poe's house and lots of information for you to learn about Edgar Allan Poe. Definitely worth a visit if you have 1 hour to spare. .

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I enjoyed this site. It's free and you can take a 30-minute guided tour. There's not particularly a lot to see in terms of house a layout and furnishings but I'd recommend it if you're in the area and have 45 minutes to spare.

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

A small townhouse but very informative about Poe's life and some of his possessions are nicely displayed. A room with a film documentary in short then off to visit the rooms. The guide explains Poe's family history as well as his own. I still have doubts of Poe's vices in life and cause of death. What was told by the... More

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Philadelphia, Pa.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I visited the house a couple of years ago, and found it very interesting. The guide was well versed in Poe's history.I, being a fan of Edgar Allen Poe,after finally visiting the house, wondered to my self, why has it taken me so long to visit, as I live in the city. I think it well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you like Edgar Allan Poe then this is a must see. Although...I would recommend that you take a cab or drive there. I would not recommended walking there. The streets going to the house are not in the best area and can be alittle scary. The maps will show you that its only about 2-3 blocks from independance hall... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

My husband, a Poe aficionado, guided our grown daughter, who remembers studying “Bells, Bells, Bells,” “The Gold Bug,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Raven” in high school, and I, a former English major, teacher, and lifelong history buff, who really didn’t appreciate the macabre for which Poe is largely remembered, to our nation’s memorial to Edgar Allan Poe— in downtown... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is the only surviving building he lived in during his time in Philadelphia. You get to take as much time as you want during this self guided tour. You can only imagine what it was like to live there. Despite the fact there's no furnishings you can feel the history within the house.... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I'm quite a fan of Edgar Allan Poe so wanted to check out this historic site. Unfortunately, it was closed for refurbishment so I only saw it from the outside but it's an interesting looking building and the raven statue outside it is worth a quite photo opportunity. It's a bit of a walk from the centre of Philly but... More

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