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A Writer’s Cottage in New York

By Linda Tancs

Rolling hills, farmland, and unobstructed views to the shores of Long Island.  That was The Bronx, a borough of New York City, in the 1800s.  This once bucolic setting (now America’s third most densely populated county) was home to one of America’s most celebrated writers, Edgar Allen Poe.  Now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse (following removal from its original location not far away), Poe Cottage is a small wooden farmhouse built in 1812.  Poe spent the last years of his life there, where he authored various essays and poetical works like “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.”  The cottage is open on Saturdays and Sundays.


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