For Poe fans, this cottage in the once bucolic Bronx is a can't miss destination. The Bronx Historical Society has done an excellent job maintaining the site in a dignified yet accessible manner, and the docent on a recent visit was terrific - enthusiastic and knowledgeable enough about Poe to tailor his explanations for different audiences. That said, there isn't a lot to see unless one is an architectural historian or interested in period furnishings, of which there isn't a lot. The real experience here is being in the same wooden cottage as Poe during a particularly sad yet productive period of his life. It's not a "fun" place to bring the kids unless they are Poe enthusiasts, too. The admission fee is inexpensive ($5) and it's doubtful you will spend more than 30 minutes here.
The neighborhood is relatively safe, and the site is easy to find from the subway (the little white cottage on a hill sticks out). A visit to Poe Cottage can be combined with a trip to nearby Fordham University, where Poe often hung out according to a video running on a constant loop in the cottage, or the Botanical Gardens, a short bus ride away. Sometimes an art exhibit can be found in the Poe Park visitor center next door, which features 21st century restrooms. Lots of affordable food options on nearby Grand Concourse, itself an architectural destination.
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