Edgar Allan Poe House
“…walking into Poe’s Baltimore home is both disturbing and ethereal.” - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
An American Writers Museum affiliate and National Historic Landmark, The Edgar Allan Poe House is one of the most educationally and historically insightful places you can visit while in town! Literature lovers in your group will seriously geek out during a tour at this house, everything inside screaming classic literature, dark tales, and Poe-like aesthetic.
This house was built around 1830 for a well-known local man, Charles Klassen. He moved out in just a few short years and the house became the residence of Maria Clemm, whose mother was Elizabeth Poe. Maria's daughter was Virginia Clemm, the future wife of her nephew, Edgar Allan Poe. The family, along with Maria's son Henry Clemm (not to be confused with Edgar's brother Henry Clemm), lived here from 1833 to 1835.
Much of the homes interior and exterior remains the same in style and fabric, though the house is unfurnished save a few essential Edgar artifacts. During a self-guided tour, you will see his chair, lap desk, telescope, and various china and glassware. Poe wrote several key pieces sitting in this chair, including poems To Elizabeth and Latin Hymn and folios The Visionary and Morella. It is believed that Poe wrote Tales from the Folio Club here, as well.
Before you go be sure to stop at the gift shop and pick up an educational book, fun gift, or souvenir tee shirt. It should be noted that this museum is only open Thursday through Sunday, 11-4.