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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Hagerstown, Maryland

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State College, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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131 reviews 131 reviews
78 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Southern Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We walked FAR to get to this site and there really wasn't much to look at. Edgar Allen Poe only lived here for one year - although it was apparently the year he wrote The Raven. This is not one that I'd visit again.

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I was first initiated in the works of Poe at a young age, around 4th grade or so, thereby hooking me for the rest of my life! When my wife suggested we go last Friday (we were both off for Teachers In-Service at the schools we both work), I jumped at the opportunity! And, I am glad we went! Sure,... More 

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Archbald, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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227 reviews 227 reviews
44 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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