3. The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, 1812
The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, built in the beginning of the 19th century, was the final home of the great American writer Edgar Allen Poe. Poe, his ailing wife and his mother-in-law moved into the house in 1846. His wife was to die in 1847, and Poe’s death was to follow two years later. It was in this cottage, a prime example of typical working-class houses of the time, that Poe wrote some of his most memorable works, including “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells”.
In 1913, the City of New York purchased the house, moved it to its current location at Poe Park and restored the building to what it was believed to have looked like during Poe’s residency in the 1840s. The building has also been refurbished, holding such timely pieces as a rope bed and a wicker rocking chair believed to have belonged to the writer and his family. The cottage is now a museum open to the public.