Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

1848  {US-PD-1923}

Biographical Information:

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809.

In life he was a short-story writer, a poet, critic and an editor. He is known for his tales and poems of mystery, murder and macabre.

Died on October 7, 1849 but the exact cause of death remains a mystery today.





Significant Works:

Poetry:                                                                         Fiction:

“The Raven”                                                                  “The Cask of Amontillado”

“Annabel Lee”                                                              “The Fall of the House of Usher”

“The Conqueror Worm”                                                      “The Tell-Tale Heart”

“Lenore”                                                                         “The Masque of the Red Death”

“The Bells”                                                                      “The Pit and the Pendulum”

“Eldorado”                                                                      “The Gold Bug”

Sites to Visit:

Among the items in the museum, there is Poe’s walking stick, a silk       embroidered vest which belonged to Poe, a lock of his hair, a trinket box belonging to his wife, Virginia Clemm Poe, the Poe Family Bible, and a bed which Poe slept in as a child.


Sunday: 11-5, Tuesday-Saturday: 10-5, Monday: Closed

The house is a location where Poe lived for a time, and is considered the primary item which is on display. Inside the house there are items such as a color reproduction of the only known portrait of Poe’s wife, Virginia, several bottles of cognac left at Poe’s grave by the “Poe Toaster,” and illustrations for Poe’s poem “The Raven” by Gustave Dore from 1884.


mid-December-early March: Closed

early April-early December: Wednesday-Saturday: Noon – 3:30 p.m

Most of the items in this collection are written letters written by, or are about Edgar Allan Poe. Among the more unique items in the collection are a wood fragment from the coffin of Edgar Allan Poe, locks of Edgar and Virginia Poe’s hair, Virginia’s Valentine poem to her husband, and the scent bottle and miniature drinking glass belonging to Virginia Poe.


Monday-Wednesday: 10-7, Thursday-Sunday: 10-5 (Only open Sundays October-May)

Tour the home where Poe spent most of his literary productive life.  Visit the basement that inspired “The Black Cat!”. Visitors can read some of Poe’s work in the Reading Room.


Wednesday-Sunday: 9-5

Tour the New York home Poe was living in until his death.  Attractions include the bed his wife Virginia died in and the rocking chair Poe used.


Saturday: 10-4, Sunday 1-5