Edgar Allen Poe's death in Baltimore remains shrouded in mystery, but the years he spent living in the city are well ... More
Baltimore Poe House and Museum
Edgar Allen Poe's death in Baltimore remains shrouded in mystery, but the years he spent living in the city are well documented, thanks largely to Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum. The row home contains Poe's telescope, writing desk and several lavishly illustrated volumes. More compelling, perhaps, are the floors he paced and windows through which he gazed and pondered.
Visited Edgar Poe's house and museum Sept 2012 and a few things of interest and concern should be noted.
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The person who claims it was a great neighborhood, needs to take a second look. His house is in an area of low income housing, run down buidling, drunks were all over the place, prostitues on corner, beer and liquor bottles everywhere, trash throw outside of dumbster vice in it and everyone comes out to watch. I felt very, very unsafe and feared safety. Maybe when he was born and raised there, it was a place to be but now - beware. Police sit down street while visitors are touring house and museum. Do not arrive before Noon for safety issues and do not leave valuables in car.
The correct address is 203 N Amity St and not 264 as GPS indicates. Landmark properly marked. When you turn on to N. Amity, its the last house on the left before the stop sign; you can miss the museum, its right on the corner and has four little steps leading up to it. Camera at top watching. Hours of Operation Noon - 3:15 M-F only.
Wondering place to tour - just like everyone has reviewed on. Gravesite is located on Westimester, near a beautiful church. Parking is .25 to $2.00 for about 2 hours. Gravesite, right on the corner as you walk in. Has other gravesites and documentates to tell you a little about who is there. Edgar Poes mother gravesite in the back of church. Another Poe family there but can not get to it or take photos - shrubs and weeds all around it. No walking on grass but limited walkway around so you have no choose.
A lot of these reviews must be from before visitors who had gone before improvements started in the neighborhood. I was there yesterday, and there was nothing scary about it. From MLK to Amity there are University of Maryland buildings, and updated rowhouses with college students and families outside. I think we passed one or two boarded up buildings, but it IS Baltimore after all. Amity itself isprobably section 8 housing, but the only people we saw were 2 men working on a car and a mom walking with her 2 little girls. Nothing menacing about them. We also saw no police presence, and the street was relatively clean.
We parked in one of the 3 spots that were open directly in front of the house. There's a small sign outside the building that clearly identifies it as the Poe House, and a sign on the door advising you to knock and wait for the tour guide and not to handle your money on the street. We knocked, and the door opened about 30 seconds later. The tour guide was friendly, and for $4 the self-guided tour of the Poe House was certainly worth it.
I could see tourists coming from the Inner Harbor being shocked by the drastic change from shiny skyscrapers and expensive restaurants, to the real neighborhood across MLK... but Amity St is by no means ghetto.
my wife and I made the terrible mistake of walking from the hotel near the inner harbor to the Poe Museum. After crossing MLK things got very scary. Boarded up windows and doors on some units in the projects. Not worth the risk to walk.....
Biggest let down...shame on the historical society
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 6/24/11
1st of all we never got to go in...Someone who is such a huge part of Baltimore's history doesnt even have a decent sign or way to direct people there? After driving around a few poorly maintained & abandoned buildings we saw a tiny sign that said poe house. It wasn't possible to tell which house it was and the one that appeared to be it was had boarded up windows. How about investing a bit of money here Baltimore? Maybe a gurd at the front so people can ask a question and be directed to the safest place to park if any exists. A man who looked way out of it walked by swinging a baseball bat and we never stopped.
So the neighborhood is not the best but ur commin in the heart of baltimore city. Yea there gonna be black people uea theres gonna be crackheads yea and dope feens and everything else. But.that neighborhood is not the worst we got. Face it. Im a white girl and i walk around down there by my self. Its not that bad its like 1 or 2 blocks from mlk. Its not that bad honest.
How dangerous might you ask? My family walked to the house and when we got there we hear a voice behind us say, "Excuse me, what are you doing here?" We turn around and it is a cop in a police car. "You know this isn't a good part of town for a family like you to be in. Let me escort you guys back to MLK. After that you should be fine." So he indeed drove slowly next to us, always looking around cautiously until finally we reached MLK.
So I guess I can't really comment on the actual museum since I never go to go in. I just wanted to bring this story to light to show that this neighborhood isn't good, no matter what some of the previous posters have said. Did I get robbed? Nope, but if a cop cautiously escorts us out at 2:00pm on a Saturday, then something's not right.
We visited the "neighborhood" on foot, September 1, 2010. The neighborhood is indeed very bad. I agree that one must be very careful when visiting the Poe house. (BTW) I know the RIte Aid and other landmarks noted, but nonetheless, be careful!
Just visited the Poe house today. I found myself very concerned when I started going through the neighborhood. Yes it looks very dangerous...but I'm not from Baltimore so I dont know the area and I dont want to judge..however... being a stranger to the area my safety alarm was on maximum overdrive. If your not from there use common sense by hidding your stuff and park in the front. Overall the experience was a little bit of a let down.
As we drove thru the "projects" trying to find the place, we drove past it twice, my wife had an excellent point... Edgar Allan poe's death must have been gang related. This house is in one of the worst projects I have ever seen and I live in Washington DC. Park your car out front at your own risk...
In response to "Never Again" I'm wondering if she actually went to the Poe House. The Poe House is NOT located in a "ghetto." Yup, the area is sooo bad that a Credit Union building is one and half blocks east of the site, the University of Maryland has two BioTech buildings just 2 blocks south of the site and is building two more. The State of Maryland is building a new forensics building one short block south of the Poe House. A state police officer lives around the corner of the Poe House. Yes Sir! This area is sooo bad that a RIte Aid Pharmacy is 1 1/2 blocks east of the Poe House. There are street vendors selling hot dogs and snow balls when the weather is nice.
Of course the poster didn't know this but new townhomes and condo's are being planned for the immediate area surrounding the Poe House. Until all the people are moved out you will see boarded up houses. If she had bothered to look she would have seen very nice townhomes just one block east of the Poe House. But I guess she chose NOT to see the things I just listed.
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