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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
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Ranked #65 of 281 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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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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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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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
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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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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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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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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Mystery is the history of Poe, and our guide helped fill in as many blanks as possible. Poe didn't live at this address very long, apparently that was his history. Our guide had a true passion for Poe, she was knowledgeable and fun. Sorry my college aged daughter (English Lit. Major) and I got there so late in the day,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

When you arrive at the front door your first thought is "am I at the right place", but the official National Park Service signs assure you that, yes this is the Edgar Allan Poe house. Then, you enter and realize that it is well put together and you didn't waste your time coming out to this location that is away... More

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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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