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Description - A three-building complex displays the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America's most influential writers. The small brick house now connected to 530 North Seventh Street was Poe's home from 1843 -1844. During the entire six years that Poe lived in Philadelphia, he attained his greatest successes as an editor and critic. While living in Pennsylvania he published some of his most famous tales, including, "The Gold Bug," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

The site consists of a complex of three buildings, two of which serve as a visitor center and entrance to the site. This area contains exhibits, an audiovisual program, a small bookstore and restrooms. Ranger-guided tours of the Poe House begin here. Audiovisual presentations and ranger-guided tours are available throughout the year. The site is handicapped accessible.

Attractions - This site is the 1840's home of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America's finest and most influential writers. The small brick house now connected to 530 North Seventh Street was Poe's home, 1843 -1844. During the entire six years (1838-1844) that Poe lived in Philadelphia, he attained his greatest successes as an editor and critic and he published some of his most famous tales, including, "The Gold Bug," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Of his several Philadelphia homes, only this one survives. It serves as a tangible link with Poe and his days of greatness in Philadelphia. The life and work of Edgar Allan Poe are portrayed in this three building complex. The site became part of the National Park System on November 10, 1978.

Recreation - The site consists of a complex of three buildings, two of which serve as a visitor center and entrance to the site. This area contains exhibits, an audiovisual program, a small bookstore and restrooms. Ranger-guided tours of the Poe House begin here. Audiovisual presentations and ranger-guided tours are available throughout the year. House tours are limited to 25 persons; groups are encouraged to make reservations. Educational programs for schools are given throughout the school year; reservations are required. Other activities include several (annual) special events and a Jr. Ranger program.

Wheelchair accessibility is provided for first floor (which includes the site's exhibits, audiovisual programs and bookstore). Braille text is available for visually impaired.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (above 23 Celsius).

Location - The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is located at 7th and Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia, just a few blocks north of Center City and Independence National Historical Park.

When planning your visit, we urge you to consider mass transit.
MASS TRANSIT:
From Independence National Historical Park Visitors Center:
(located at 3rd & Chestnut Streets)
Take SEPTA bus Route 57 at corner of 3rd & Chestnut Streets. Get off at Spring Garden Street. Walk left 4 blocks to 7th & Spring Garden Streets.

From Seventh Street:
Take SEPTA bus Route 47. Get off at Green Street (one block above Spring Garden Street)across from Poe House.

SEPTA Market-Frankford Elevated Train (Blue Line):
Take Blue Line elevated train eastbound from 2nd, 5th, or 8th Street stations. Get off at Spring Garden Station. Walk five blocks to Seventh Street.

WALKING:
From Independence National Historical Park: Take Third or Fourth Street to avoid crossing expressway. Make a left on Spring Garden St. to 7th St. (We do not recommend 5th, 6th or Seventh Streets because of dangerous traffic patterns.

PLANE:
Take the "R-1 Airport Line" train to Market Street East (8th and Market Streets) and proceed as above.

CAR:
Eastbound, via I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway) - Exit onto I-676 East (toward "Central Philadelphia) and follow it to the 8th Street exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp proceed straight at the traffic light. Make a left at the second traffic light (this becomes 7th street) and proceed two blocks to Spring Garden Street.

Westbound by car: After crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge - stay in the right hand lane and exit at the traffic light (this becomes 7th Street). Follow 7th Street to Spring Garden Street. From the Walt Whitman Bridge, take I-95 North exit (and follow Northbound instructions below.)

Northbound by car: via I-95 - Exit at "Independence Hall/Historic Area". At bottom of ramp turn left at traffic light onto Delaware Avenue (some sections are named "Columbus Ave.") to Spring Garden Street (about 1.5 miles). Turn left on Spring Garden Street and proceed to 7th Street.

Southbound by car, via I-95 - Use "Independence Hall/Historic Area" exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right onto Callowhill Street. Follow Callowhill to 7th Street. Turn right on 7th and proceed to Spring Garden Street.


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Contact Information:
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. 7th St. , Philadelphia, PA, 19123, Phone: 215-597-8780
, inde_poe_house@nps.gov

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

Links:
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site - Official agency Website

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