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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

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Address: 532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number: 215/597-8780
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other...

The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other stories, Poe wrote The Tell-Tale Heart here.

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Who Knew that Poe Spent Time in Philly?

We visited this historic sight as fans of Poe and unaware that he spent even a limited amount of time in Philadelphia. The house itself is unfurnished and can be quickly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2015
JimSTL1021
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Saint Louis, Missouri

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I surprised my wife by bringing her here since Poe is one of her favorite poets. It was a fantastic find! The museum and movie did an excellent job communicating Poe's life. The old rooms were intriguing, creepy, and full of history. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Parking is hard to find, and we had to park 1/2... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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276 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We visited this historic sight as fans of Poe and unaware that he spent even a limited amount of time in Philadelphia. The house itself is unfurnished and can be quickly toured. Once you visit the basement you can get some sense of some of his darker stories though. A plaque claims that he wrote his famous "The Raven" here.... More 

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Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

The park rangers that give the FREE tour thru this house are extremely knowledgable on all things "Poe" & very nice. The house itself was interesting but just to learn everything about Poe was so enlightening & fun :) self guided or guided tour are both FREE of charge. There is small section where you can purchase items at a... More 

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Thank Heather D
London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I found this house fascinating and I think if you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe's work you will probably love this too. The house is a little off the main tourist area but is easily accessible by public transport. Please note the house is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The house is free to visit. When I arrived there was... More 

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Thank lovetotravel1704
philadelphia
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Very knowledgeable park rangers who seem genuinely interested in their subject. Excellent film presentation as well.

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Thank augiedog1850
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It's a little out of the way, but worth the hike. The fact that the house is free made up for the location. It was nice to see the original architecture of the house. You start out with a video and then independently work your way through the house. It isn't furnished so you'll have to use your imagination.

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Thank singlemomstravel2
Lansdale
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70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

It is free to visit the site which only opens on weekends. We went there on a Saturday afternoon. Street parking was not a problem at all. The building was the only existing residence of Poe. He, his wife, and his mother-in-law lived in it for just one year. Upon entering, we were greeted by the ranger and led into... More 

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Thank Rydes
Easton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

While it is somewhat stark inside, I thought that added to the experience, rather than detracted from it. It is a small site but one where some truly important literature was created. The Junior Ranger program was solid and keyed to the rooms of the house. The rangers were informative and helpful. We walked up from Independence Hall in about... More 

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Thank whiskey3pa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

We were really anticipating our visit to this site. Room after room though, we were met with emptiness of content and a surprising dirth of detail. The short film was worth it, although without a lot of context, and most of the interesting facts I picked up about Poe was due to my conversations with the NPS Rangers, who were... More 

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Thank Sarah a
Southeast Georgia
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50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We had to rearrange some things so that we could visit because it is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We enjoyed seeing how the Poes lived and there was lots of information from the rangers and around the house. My husband is a Poe fan, but it was interesting to all of us, even young kids (they liked... More 

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