3. The Cellar

Poe-House-Philadelphia-Untapped-Cities-Alexandra-Harbet2The false chimney in Poe’s old cellar.

As visitors descend down the stairs to the cellar, they are met with chilled air and an ominous feeling. The cellar permeates with Edgar Allan Poe’s presence and the horror that inspired his grim tales. His short story, “The Black Cat” comes to life when guests look at the false chimney that mirrors the one the narrator uses to wall up his victims.

When tiptoeing around the musty cellar with its cobwebs and dark crevices, it’s hard not to contemplate the mysteries surrounding Poe and whatever secrets are still hidden in the false chimneys of his life.