Edgar Allen Poe grew up in Richmond

The Edgar Allen Poe museum can be found in Richmond, VA. It opened in 1922 in what is called, The Old Stone House.  The museum is only blocks away from Poe’s first Richmond home and his first place of employment, which is the Southern Literary Messenger.


Poe Museum

I do not personally care for Poe’s work, but I do appreciate his artistic genius! And actually, most would agree that The Raven is a must read, and so here are the opening lines:

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more.”

A few of his other popular literary works include romantic, thriller poems of love and death, which include “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells,” “Dream within a Dream,” and “The Conquer Worm”

Here is some biographical data about Poe’s association with Richmond, VA:

• Poe was born January 19th, 1809 in Boston
Orphaned and resided in Richmond 1811-1815
• Lived overseas in Scotland and England with the Allan Family 1815-1820
Returned to Richmond 1820
• Attended University of Virginia 1826
• Enlisted in the army in Boston 1827
• From 1830-1831 Poe attended West Point in New York
• Resided with his aunt Maria Clemm and his cousin Virginia Clemm in Baltimore in 1832
Returned to Richmond, again, in 1835-1837, later brought his cousin Virginia and aunt Maria to Richmond and married Virginia.
•1837 Moved to New York City
• In 1838 he moved to Philadelphia and lived there for six years
• Returned to New York in 1844 with his wife and mother-in-law
• Moved to Fordham (now in The Bronx) with his wife and mother-in-law because he believed the country air will improve his wife’s health. She died there in 1847.
• Returned, finally at last, to Richmond in 1849 and stayed for good.
• Died in Baltimore, while traveling, October 7th, 1849…and was buried there.


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