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Poe Cottage – Bronx NY

May 12, 2015

The Poe Cottage located in Poe Park on Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx is the last home that Edgar Allan Poe lived before he died. It is also the the spot where his young wife Virginia died of tuberculosis. The cottage, moved from its original site a block away to a park setting is an interesting little piece of New York City history. The Bronx was originally part of Westchester County when Poe decided to move there in 1846 because of his wife’s illness.

I recently visited Poe Cottage and was very impressed with the knowledge of the docent. The cottage, built in 1812 is a rare example of how people with very modest means lived. The house with only three rooms downstairs, a kitchen, parlor and small bedroom and two rooms upstairs. Virginia is said to have died in the downstairs bedroom with her deathbed among the original pieces that Poe owned.

Poe became friendly with the faculty of nearby St. John’s College, now Fordham University. Tours of the university are available by appointment

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