January 22nd, 2016
Today, Edgar Allan Poe is recognized as one of the most important writers in American history. He is credited as being one of the innovators of the short story format, an important figure in the development of literary romanticism in the United States, and was an early influence on detective fiction, horror, and sci-fi. But in the 1830s, when Poe lived and wrote in a small rowhome on North Amity Street in Baltimore, he was not nearly as celebrated. An orphan estranged from his adopted family, as well as a college dropout and military failure, Poe struggled to eke out a living writing poems and literary criticism.
Over time that changed, however, and today at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, the staff works to preserve the legacy of Poe’s career and to educate the public about his important connection to Baltimore. At the house you can tour Poe’s rooms, which contain artifacts from his life and work. Note that the house has no restrooms available to the public, so be sure to plan accordingly before heading over from The Zenith!
Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
203 North Amity St
Baltimore, MD 21223