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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Edgar Allen Poe House | Baltimore, MD

On Saturday, I trekked to Baltimore. A couple of months ago, I saw the Blue Jays were going to face off against the Baltimore Orioles and I knew I wanted to see them. I love Baltimore and would prefer to travel to Baltimore than the Bronx (the Blue Jays play the New York Yankees a lot), so I made plans to spend a night in Baltimore. Unfortunately, it rained, but the trip was still enjoyable. My first stop after was to Edgar Allen Poe’s house. I’ve always wanted to go to his Baltimore house and I finally had the opportunity to go.

When my Lyft driver dropped me off, she said to me, “be careful! We’re in the projects! Enjoy, though.” The neighborhood wasn’t that bad, though I wouldn’t visit at night. Honestly, where Poe’s house is in Philadelphia, he lived in what now would be considered low income areas (not sure about Richmond, though). It wasn’t too different from when I visited in Philadelphia. I was a half-an-hour early and decided to walk to the Rite Aid while it was still clear. Sadly, after a few minutes of my walk, it started to pour. I looked like a drown rat when I arrived to Rite Aid and walked back to the Poe house.

I liked Poe’s Baltimore house better. There was more within the house than in Philadelphia. The curator mentioned the reason was probably because Poe was the ultimate couch surfer and he did not accumulate a lot of stuff. I loved exploring his house. The self-guided tour was about an hour. Afterwards, I ordered a Lyft and went to the cemetery to visit his grave site. It was pouring, and ironically, this was perfect weather for exploring Poe’s house and grave.


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I enjoyed this tour of the Poe house in Baltimore. I love row houses. I had two different sets of aunts/uncles that lived in row houses and I enjoyed climbing the stairs from their basements to third floor attics, exploring all the way. It was interesting to read those quotes on the wall by other famous mystery, suspense and horror writers about how they were influenced by E.A. Poe. I can testify that his writings profoundly influenced me in my youth and helped cultivate and interest in dark subject matter.

    Have a happy Tuesday and a wonderful week, dear friend JM!

    1. Hi Shady,

      Sorry for my delay - finally feeling better!

      I love row homes too and I loved staying in one while I visited. I loved Poe's house and I loved reading what other authors had to say. When I was in 7th grade, my Pop-pop gave me one of his books for the holidays and it inspired my writing. Poe is the reason why I write, especially horror from time to time. He was a great inspiration.

      I hope you have a great weekend, dear friend!

  2. It was a very hot day when we visited the Poe house in Baltimore. I couldn't imagine being able to work in that hot, stuffy attic where he was supposed to have written.


    1. Hi Janie,

      Eeek! No, I couldn't imagine that either. It was rainy and cold that day, the house felt a bit warm to me... I couldn't imagine it on a very hot day.


  3. The house sits in a questionable neighborhood but we went early in the day and we had no issues. Very interesting to see where Poe lived. Small but enjoyed walking through the small rooms and hearing the history.

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