Edgar Allan Poe, famed for his brilliant Gothic style writing and macabre mysteries, was a resident of New York. He was considered the inventor of the detective novels and helped establish science fiction as a popular genre.
In the 1840s, Poe moved to a cottage in what is now the Bronx – where he spent his final years with his wife Virginia. He adored it, describing it as ‘a beautiful place.’ Here he wrote the poems ‘Annabel Lee’ and ‘Ulalume’ and his final short story, ‘Landor’s Cottage’ is thought to have been inspired by the home.
The preserved house, which was built in 1798, has since been relocated to the southeast corner of the Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road and is open to visitors. It is a listed building and considered of the most important literary sites in the United States. You can now explore the house whilst learning about his life through exhibitions and displays.
“The cottage had an air of taste and gentility… So neat, so poor, so unfurnished, and yet so charming a dwelling I never saw,” a friend of Poe’s once observed.
The cottage is open to the public at the following times:
Thursday and Friday 10AM – 3PM
Saturday 10AM – 4PM
Sunday 1PM – 5PM
WHERE: Take the D train to Kingsbridge Road in The Bronx. Poe Park is right outside the station, where you’ll see the cottage. Take the MTA express bus BxM #4 from Manhattan.
This article was taken from the History Buffs Guide to New York by Mark Jones, which is available at Amazon