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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
Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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5 reviews
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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Once you find the building (actually just a few turns from historic old city) and a place to park, knock on the door as instructed and enter the actual world of Poe. Step down into the basement that inspired "The Black Cat". Scan a well-worn floor for the loose plank under which could have beat "The Telltale Heart". Gaze out... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I loved it! The park rangers are so friendly and happy to give any background you need. I learned some things I didn't know before and found out I was misled about some things too! We were able to roam around at our leisure and then at the end we got to go into a study area in the back;... More 

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Saugerties, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a so-so attraction. The Ranger seemed distracted, but it was interesting in an offbeat way. Worth taking the time to visit.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I took my two daughters (5 and 8) to the Edgar Allan Poe house on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It was a wonderful visit. The house, while not close to the other history sites, was easy to find and free parking was available right across the street. The park rangers were informative and friendly, and they helped both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Loved this tour. We self toured and had to find the heart and cat, fun looking for it. The video at the start was very informative, things I didn't know about Poe. Highly recommended if you are in Philadelphia.

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The house stands in the midst of a modern urban cityscape, and it's hard to envision what it might have been like when Poe lived there, but once inside it is fun to imagine what everyday life for Poe and his family would have been like. The cellar is particularly fun, and a good lesson for kids about what might... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

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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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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