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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

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Address: 532 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3502
Phone Number: 215/597-8780
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Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Creepy, just like you'd want and expect!

We went on Halloween eve just for the association with EAP. Poe lived in this house for only a short time, but some of his best, scariest, unnerving short story ideas came from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went on Halloween eve just for the association with EAP. Poe lived in this house for only a short time, but some of his best, scariest, unnerving short story ideas came from the brick-walled basement with the eerie look and claustrophobic-like construction. Definitely watch the short film, take your time checking out building details and take the short tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The historic site is open every unti 5pm. Im surprised that this place is not fully advertised. We visited his tomb in Batimore, Im just so glad that I made it today to see where he lived.

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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the day of construction. Actually renovating the exterior. Wondering if it was open to the public that day, I was elated to find out it was. A few steps and you are in where a guard greets you and the tour guid to help you through the self guided tour. First up, a short video clip in a... More 

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a fan of Poe. It's a free self guided tour but you learn a lot about his life and lifestyle. I thought the way you tour the home was well laid out. I would have loved to leave a donation but didn't see a donation box. All 5 of us actually enjoyed this tour.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The museum is a little out of the way but its worth the 30 min walk out of town. It's a free attraction and very interesting. While Poe only lived here for a short time, it contains a lot of history about his background and his works. The staff are really friendly and helpful- highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We really enjoyed our recent visit to the Poe House. The park rangers were very friendly and knowledgeable. My children and I learned so much about Poe and other writers during our visit. Places like this are so important. Thank you park rangers for taking care of this important place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

It is not really visiting a house but the visit of a live documentary on what brought Edgar Allan Poe to the literature. He was the inventor of the detective fiction genre. His influence goes beyond the literature. The cinema with Alfred Hitchcock but also the books of Jules Vernes, Agatha Christie,... widely took back its themes and were adapted... More 

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Dimock, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

A great stop for those who love literature and mystery. The staff members were helpful and the house is fantastic! My daughters love Poe and to be able to see his home was the highlight of our Philadelphia trip.

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We LOVE to visit NPS sites. We learned more about Poe and the Rangers were very friendly and informative about this site (one told us a story in the basement...very spooky!)! Our 8 year old earned the Junior Ranger badge. Parked on the street and glad we went! This site is more rustic in it's presentation, but, still a good... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

sketchy part of town and it was closed and being renovated. Never did find statue, this place is not on the bus tours either , a shame.

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