Edgar Allen Poe Tourism in Baltimore

by Erich Martin

Feb 28, 2019

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When it comes to famous American authors, you are unlikely to find one more famous or notorious than Edgar Allen Poe. Nearly 80 short stories and countless poems can be traced back to the author, many steeped in themes of Gothic horror.


Poe lived much of his life in Baltimore, Maryland. The result is a city rich in tourism opportunities to learn about the author’s life.


The first stop for any diehard Poe-ite needs to be the Edgar Allen Poe House. Located at 203 North Amity St., the house was originally built in the 1830s for Poe’s aunt. The house features self-guided tours and includes exhibits about Poe’s foster parents, his life and death in Baltimore and short stories and poems he wrote while in Baltimore. When you’re all finished with the museum, there is a gift shop for you to stock up on Poe-related goodies.


Poe was actually born in Boston, but according to the Poe in Baltimore authority, he claimed Baltimore as his hometown. Much of his life was spent working in Richmond, but Poe returned to Baltimore shortly before he died at 40.


Other Baltimore Poe locations include the Mount Claire B&O Railroad Station, which Poe used on several occasions and several other now-demolished sites. Use this page to help plan your stay in Baltimore to best soak up the Poe history.



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