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Edgar Allan Poe: 1833
Baltimore, Maryland

Edgar Allan Poe lived at 203 Amity Street in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1833 to 1835 with his aunt, Maria Clemm, her daughter, Virginia, and his paternal grandmother.

Poe left in August or September of 1835, moving to Richmond, Virginia to edit the Southern Literary Messenger. About the same time, Elizabeth Cairnes Poe, Maria Clemm’s mother, died. The rent of the house at Amity Street depended for a large part on Elizabeth Cairnes’s pension, and Maria was soon unable to cover the rent.

Edgar's cousin, Neilson Poe, who lived in Baltimore and had married Virginia's half-sister, offered to take both Virginia and Maria in. Poe, fearing that he was losing his little family, proposed to Virginia in a remarkably emotional letter. She accepted, and by 7 October 1835, Virginia and Maria moved with Poe to Richmond.


Edgar Allan Poe House at 203 Amity Street, Baltimore, Maryland [Top image--20 June 1954; bottom image--1 September 1957]


Tablet on Edgar Allan Poe House at 203 Amity Street, Baltimore, Maryland [7 June 1959]


Poe’s room on the third floor, Edgar Allan Poe House, Baltimore, Maryland [18 September 1954]


Dining Room, Edgar Allan Poe House, Baltimore, Maryland [18 September 1954]


Fireplace, Edgar Allan Poe House, Baltimore, Maryland [18 September 1954]



John Hazelhurst Boneval Latrobe and Dr. James H. Miller were both judges for the Baltimore Saturday Visiter’s contest that awarded Edgar Allan Poe $50 for his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” in the fall of 1833.

John Hill Hewitt was a journalist for and editor of the Baltimore Saturday Visiter. He also competed in the same contest. His poem, “The Song of the Winds” won the prize for poetry, which angered Poe. Hewitt was insulted by Poe over the matter of the literary prize and they exchanged blows.


John Hazelhurst Boneval Latrobe House at Mulberry Street, Baltimore, Maryland [7 June 1959]


Doorway of J.H.B.Latrobe House, Mulberry Street, Baltimore, Maryland [3 August 1959]


Tablet on J.H.B.Latrobe House, Mulberry Street, Baltimore, Maryland [7 June 1959]


Grave of John Hazelhurst Boneval Latrobe, Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland [25 June 1959]


Grave of Dr. James H. Miller, Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland [3 August 1959]


Grave of John Hill Hewitt, Loudon Park, Baltimore, Maryland [9 July 1961]

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