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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
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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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Can't say "Nevermore" to a stop at this place!

This is just one of a few Poe houses in existance. I actually took a little trip where I visited this one and the one in Baltimore over a weekend. Philly is apparently the place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
RachelAdventures
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Philadelphia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the only house where Poe lived that still stands. A must see. As a long time fan, I was delighted. Supposedly, he lived in this house when he wrote The Black Cat among others. You can walk into the rooms, go up and down his stairs and even see his basement. There's a also a short movie that... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The outside is under scaffolding. The interior is empty. The guide, Mr. Campbell really knew his stuff, but it had to impress with such an empty canvas. They are only open three days a week. Parking in non-exsistance. Perhaps this is a sign if government belt tightening. Would be happy to pay an entry fee if they could invest it... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are no artifacts, the movie is ancient and played on a tube TV, the guides are weird, and the hours are limited. There is nothing to see here other than empty Roma and the word death scrawled on a wall. He didn't even live here very long! Yawn.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I felt this was a must experience. It was free and that was a bonus. It is not handicapped accessible so if you can't walk stairs, just drive by to see the house. The house is very small, but still worth a quick visit.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had some extra time so decided to make a stop at this house. Really glad I did! It is simple amd doesn't take much time. I enjoyed the short video and the brochure that guides you through each room. It's free too. It was under construction so couldn't get a good pic of the outside. Rangers were friendly.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is just one of a few Poe houses in existance. I actually took a little trip where I visited this one and the one in Baltimore over a weekend. Philly is apparently the place where Poe wrote The Raven so the house is a must see!. The people working the house are super friendly and happy to advise. The... More 

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Maple Valley, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This was a nostalgic visit for me. My dad would read my brother and I Poe when were little kids. When I saw this here on trip advisor I knew I had to go. While the rooms are empty aside from a reading room it is a cool place to get an idea of what life may have been like... More 

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Sayville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We love history, and to be explicit.... parks associated with the National Parks Service. To start, the Edgar Allan Poe house is semi-informative; this is not a knock on the Park Service Ranger, who was very helpful and willing to give additional information not covered in the documentary film. As an aside, the 8 minute film is actually very good,... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We visited the Poe house with our children, 8 and 12. Both kids had read some of Poe's works, our 8-year old son really loved this site. The house consists of a history of Poe's life with interactive exhibits, a video presentation, a listening room where you can listen to readings of Poe's works, and a tour of the house... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

This is a wonderful museum with a lot of great interactive/hands-on exhibits. For a small museum in a slightly shady neighborhood, it really offers a lot. The 8 minute documentary was informative and interesting. As an English teacher I learned things I never knew. Not to be missed!

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