After leaving Greenwich Village in 1846, Edgar Allan Poe and his family rented a small cottage in the rural village of Fordham in what is now the Bronx. Poe lived in this little cottage for the rest of his life. Poe Cottage is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The cottage itself dates from 1797.
The house originally sat on two acres of land and Poe paid five dollars per month in rent. It is comprised of a dowmstairs kitchen, a tiny sitting room and a porch on the first floor, and two small bedrooms and a study upstairs. In this home, Poe wrote the poem "Annabel Lee" while the family cat sat on his shoulder.
His wife Virginia died in the cottage's first floor bedroom on January 30, 1847. Poe himself died on October 7, 1849, while in Baltimore on business.
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