"I had walled the monster up within the tomb!"

Described as horrifying, mystifying, and brilliant, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the globe. The six years Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive. Yet Poe also struggled with bad luck, personal demons and his wife’s illness. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity.

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Literary Innovator

Edgar Allan Poe pioneered multiple genres of literature.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Learn more about the man behind the pioneering literature.

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Photos and Multimedia

Find images of Edgar Allan Poe and see photos of his home and the adjoining exhibit area.

Exterior photo of the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, a three-story brick building.


The site is located about a mile from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center. It is not currently open to the public.

Last updated: October 28, 2021

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143 S. 3rd Street

Philadelphia , PA 19106



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