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Poe Cottage, with Arthur Stoughton standing on the lawn, 1884
Poe Cottage, south facade, at its original location (now the Bronx), with Arthur Stoughton standing on the lawn, 1884. Photo courtesy The Bronx County Historical Society, New York City

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

This wood shingle and clapboard farmhouse, built c. 1812 in what is now the Bronx borough of New York City, was the final home of the writer Edgar Allan Poe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has additional historic importance as the last remaining structure from the nineteenth century village of Fordham. In the 1880s, Arthur Stoughton, architect and the President of the Bronx Society of Arts and Sciences, was the first to preserve the Poe Cottage, restore it, and begin its existence as an historic museum dedicated to the memory of Poe.

Poe lived in the cottage from 1846 until his death in 1849, producing some of his best-known works there, including "The Bells" and "Annabel Lee." Administered by the Bronx County Historical Society since 1975, the cottage is open to the public with guided tours and a 20-minute film.

Originally submitted by: Eliot L. Engel, Representative (17th District).

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