The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a quick and worthwhile stop for anyone interested in one of literature’s most enigmatic authors. It doesn’t take much time to tour the house and it provides a revealing glimpse into Poe’s life during his Philadelphia years. Poe lived at various locations in Philadelphia for about six years (1838-1844), and occupied this house on North 7th Street with his wife Virginia, his mother-in-law and their tabby cat (Catterina). During the years Poe lived in Philadelphia, the city was the literary center of the United States. While here, he wrote "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat" and many other works. It is also believed that he began writing "The Raven" here.
The Poe house is a quick and fascinating pit stop. Admission is free.