Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

This humble cottage was the last home of Edgar Allan Poe. The poet and author lived here from 1846-49 with his ailing wife Virginia Clemm and her mother Maria. The master of the macabre penned some of his most noteworthy poetry here including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.”

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.

Modest Dwelling

The wooden farmhouse was built about 1812. It sat on two acres of land which offered scenic views stretching to the shores of Long Island. (The cottage was later moved to the northern part of Poe Park, not far from where it was originally situated.) The humble home had an unheated second floor where Poe’s study was located. Restored to its original appearance, today visitors to the cottage can see the actual bed Virginia passed away in, as well as the rocking chair that Poe used.

Visiting Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in New York City

Poe’s cottage is located at the southeast corner of Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse in The Bronx. For more information visit the Bronx Historical Society website.