• Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe 1848

    Edgar Allan Poe

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Things To Do

  • Critique our NEW exhibits and sales center!
  • Learn about Poe's life & work in the cultural, social and political context of his time.
  • Investigate how Poe influenced writers around the world!
  • Examine how Poe influenced Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King and others
  • Use "ratiocination" to decipher the code hidden in Poe's head
  • Become "mesmerized" by rare books and letters on loan. Please no drooling!
  • Watch as Poe's words arise off the pages while he writes "The Raven"
  • Help launch the hot air balloon - as you pull, the balloon rises. Not a hoax!!!
  • Study and analyze a 3-D mini model of Poe's home!
  • Explore the numerous surprises in Poe's historic home. Don't forget to close the window!
  • Be very quiet as you stumble upon Catterina asleep on desk while Poe writes!
  • Hidden in plain view is the NEW 2009 Official Edgar Allan Poe Poster. Get yours before they are all gone!
  • Sit back and enjoy our 8-minute audio-visual presentation on Poe's life.
  • Take a self-guided or ranger-led tour of Poe's historic house.
  • Indulge your literary passion in the reading room patterned after Poe's essay, "The Philosophy of Furniture."
  • Listen to Poe's works narrated by famous actors such as Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Christopher Walken and others.
  • If music is more your fancy, tap your feet to the various works of Poe put to music by Glass Prism, the Alan Parsons Project, Lou Reed and others.
  • Sign our guest book and let your comments be known to others that visit the site.
  • Join our mailing list to receive information on our upcoming special events.
  • Pose with our "Raven"
  • Take a picture in front of the Poe mural.
  • Consider joining the "Friends of Poe"
  • Encourage your school, group or organization to plan a visit to the site.
  • Rap upon our chamber door again real soon!
  • Read more Poe.
  • Come back and bring a friend! Bob Dylan did!

Did You Know?

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Edgar Allan Poe invented the modern short detective story.