Monday, May 21, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

From the Historical Marker:
The Oldest House still standing in Richmond.
Probably built in 1737 by Jacob Ege
In 1924 placed in custody of the Edgar Allan Poe shrine--
now the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation, Inc.

No, Poe did not live here though he did live in Richmond.  This is now a museum housing some of his belongings and writings.

Once again I was not allowed to take photos inside the museum but there wasn't anything particularly interesting to photograph anyway. 

The house and courtyard were much more interesting.

As evidenced by his writings Poe was a rather tortured person most of his life.  Notably, his parents were actors and that was a profession so frowned upon that it stigmatized even Poe and his sister, making their lives all that much harder.  

I thought this was the most interesting part of the tour--It seems a year or so ago some college kids stole the bust of Poe and took it out on the town drinking, carrying it from bar to bar.
Eventually, Poe reappeared on the front lawn, none the worse for the outing and with a note and photos attached that described the adventure.

It seems that Poe was much happier when he moved to Philadelphia and another museum is there,  run by the National Parks.  I may have to stop in and see if I can discover a more pleasant side of Edgar.
"Deep into the darkness peering, 
Long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before."
Edgar Allan Poe

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