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“A must for Poe fans, a maybe for everyone else”

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
70 attraction reviews
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“A must for Poe fans, a maybe for everyone else”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Historical Site”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Featuring genuine Poe artifacts. Guides are good, but hours are limited. Make sure you know when they are open.

Visited June 2014
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Bronx, NY
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Unique glimpse into a writer's life”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

If you like Poe or are interested in 19th century life, Poe cottage is a must. Must historical home are of the well-to-do, but this place shows you how a struggling writer lived. The tour is very interesting and among other items you will see the bed in which Poe's wife died. A few well-chosen gift items are available for purchase.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Worth a stop...”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

If you are in the neighborhood visiting Fordham or the Botanical Garden you might want to make time for the Poe Cottage. It's a little house from long ago. It's $5 , ($3 students/kids) A few rooms with spare period furnishings. The man there had some good stories. If you are curious about Poe this fellow can answer your questions. You can walk up and down the same stairs and over the same floorboards that Poe himself trod.

Visited April 2014
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Lewiston, Maine
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“very interesting”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

I liked being able to see where the man actually lived and wrote. It was strange to see this little white farmhouse tucked in with all these huge buildings all around it. The gentleman showing it to us was very informative and even told us a few things that we had never heard before about Poe. I'm glad we went.

Visited March 2014
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