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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
215/597-8780
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Ranked #73 of 293 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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Archbald, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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201 reviews 201 reviews
39 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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31 reviews 31 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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601 reviews 601 reviews
301 attraction reviews
462 helpful votes 462 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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