Hoping to Heal
Poe and his family moved into the cottage in May 1846. He had hoped that the fresh country air would help heal his wife Virginia, whose health was failing from tuberculosis. Sadly, Virginia succumbed to her illness in the cottage's first floor bedroom on January 30, 1847. Poe died two years after her in Baltimore. It is thought that his final short story, "Landor's Cottage", was inspired by this home.