I had mentioned in my previous post that my recent absence was due to my summer trip. My bf and I flew up to Pennsylvania and drove to upstate New York for a total of 8 days, and it was so much fun! The first 2 days of our trip were spent in Philly and I got the chance to visit Edgar Allan Poe's house. To say that I'm a fan of Poe is an understatement and taking a tour of his home was like an outerbody experience (I was that excited!). Here are some peeks of the tour:
This really cool mural is located right across the street from Poe's house.
I took this picture outside the gates of the house. The facade of the house actually faces the roadway, but to enter visitors must go in through a side entrance.
This raven sculpture is located right outside the home. It definitely adds a feeling of creepiness to the house.
The house in itself is quite large but the rooms are tiny. Poe's room and writing quarters were located on the 2nd floor of the house.
This is the infamous cellar (eerie, right?). It's supposed to be the inspiration for his short story "The Black Cat." If you've read the story, the cellar where the main character's wife is entombed holds a hair-raising resemblance to Poe's own cellar.
This is the side-end of the house that leads to backyard and pretty flower garden.
A view from the opposite end of Poe's home.
Even though Poe only lived 6 years here, it is said to be the most productively creative years of his life where he wrote his most celebrated short stories like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" (a personal favorite). It was also a time that was filled with great tragedy since his beloved wife Virginia perished of tuberculosis here.
If you love Poe and are in Philly, make time to visit his home! Oh, and as promised, here's my crafty homage to Poe: a free Poe Embroidery Pattern for you to enjoy (drawn by yours truly). I do ask not to distribute this pattern for sale since it's intended for personal use only. If you do whip up this pattern I'd love to see it, so don't forget to drop me a link! Talk soon, Sue