Edgar Allan Poe Mural
Location: Philadelphia (N. 7th & Spring Garden)
When to visit: Daylight hours
Time needed to enjoy: 5-10 minutes
Edgar Allan Poe, whom you surely know from such works as “Your High School English Class,” was perhaps America’s first tortured artist. He was kind of a miserable S.O.B. but left behind a vast collection of influential poetry.
Poe lived for several years in Philly, and one of his houses has been preserved as the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Now, I sadly did not have an opportunity to tour the house itself, so I cannot review that particular attraction, but I’ve heard they give great tours. And admission is free, though I believe the tour costs a few bucks.
What I did have a chance to see was the huge Poe mural on the corner. It’s located near a housing project and is most definitely “off the beaten path,” in case that sort of thing bothers you. It’s not everyday you see a giant mural of a weird-looking dude with a silly moustache on an inner city wall.
Oh, and the house has a raven outside, in honor of his poem “The Raven.” Poe fans will want to check this place out!