Edgar Allan Poe Park Cottage New York City
Edgar Allan Poe Park Cottage – Tourist Attractions in New York City
Edgar Allan Poe Park Cottage
Edgar Allan Poe Park Cottage
The last surviving house of the old Fordham village, the cottage-a woodframe farmhouse set on half-acre grounds-has been refurbished and restored by the Bronx Historical Society to represent 1840s New York life and Poe’s life at Fordham. Three period rooms, the parlor, bedroom and kitchen are furnished in that period.
The cottage was built ca. 1812 as a modest wood frame farmhouse in the village of Fordham, located about thirteen miles from New York City. After Poe’s death, the cottage was occupied by several residents. In 1895, the village of Fordham was already part of New York City. Because of urban development, the cottage was in danger of demolition. The Shakespeare Society initiated a campaign to save the cottage, followed by other fundraising endeavors. In 1902, New York City created Poe Park across the street, bought the cottage in 1913, and moved it to the park. At the time, it was administered by the Bronx Society of Arts and Sciences that restored it.
The Poe cottage was opened as a museum in 1917. By this time, Poe’s international reputation was so great that thousand came from all parts of the United States and the world. The register of visitors from April 23, 1917 to January 26, 1922, lists guests from Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela. In 1923, 25,000 visitors were in attendance.
The cottage became an official city landmark in 1966 and has been a national, local and state landmark under the administration of the Bronx County Historical Society since 1975.
By Car (street parking only) Major Deegan Expressway (87) to Fordham Road exit, go east, cross Jerome Avenue under the elevated subway, then cross the Grand Concourse, go two blocks to Kingsbridge Road, make a sharp left onto Kingsbridge Road. Poe Park will be on your left, the cottage is at the far end.
Bronx River Parkway to Fordham Road, go west, past Fordham University, then cross Webster Avenue. Keep right and bear right onto Kingsbridge Road, (see above) or continue two blocks to the Grand Concourse and make a right. Go one block north and Poe Park is on your right. The cottage is at the far end.
By Subway 6th Avenue D line to Kingsbridge Road.
Lexington Avenue #4 Woodlawn-Jerome line to Kingsbridge Road. Walk east to the Grand Concourse and Poe Park.
Poe Park Grand Concourse at Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Tel.: (718) 881-8900
Fax: (718) 881-4827
Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-5
Monday – Friday 9-5
Guided Group Tours By Appointment
$5 per adult
$3 for students, children and seniors.