9. Poe Cottage Was Moved From Fordham to the Grand Concourse
Situated on Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse is a modest farmhouse, seemingly out-of-place amongst its modern settings. The farmhouse was Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage, built around 1812 for the 19th century writer. From 1846 to 1849, Poe and his wife Virginia Clemm spent the last few years of their lives in the preserved cottage, originally located in Fordham. According to the Bronx Historical Society, Poe produced some of his most well-known works in the cottage, including ‘Annabel Lee’ and ‘The Bells.’
Before 1913, Poe Cottage was under different ownership until it was ultimately purchased by the city of New York in 1910. The city moved the cottage to Kingsbridge Road on November 13, 1913, where it has remained since its dedication in Poe Park. The cottage is available for tours from Thursday to Saturday.