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Poe House Vandalized

November 28, 2012 | by

It seems like every week there’s a new indignity, whether it’s the destruction of the church where the Brontës worshipped, the theft of George Eliot’s desk, or, now, the vandalism of the house where Edgar Allan Poe lived and worked in the 1830s.

For the second year in a row, the City of Baltimore has chosen not to grant the Poe House its $85,000 subsidy; as a result, despite efforts of supporters and friends, it may have to close permanently. In any event, the museum has been shuttered since September, and as such left more open to destruction; the front stairs have been stolen and graffiti painted on the door. Nothing that can’t be fixed, but we expected more respect from the officials of the only American city to name its football team after a literary allusion.




  1. Finn | November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    So irresponsible.

  2. Monica | November 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Is this a reflection of increasing wealth gaps and failing public school systems? Does this show that problems due to lack of advancement are still in the process of being solved? I think this says a lot more about education and poverty than anything.

  3. William Miller | November 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I wonder if the Ravens’ stadium received any city funding over the past years–many of these venues are built using public funds, as I understand it. Perhaps the team’s ownership could spare some money or at least lead in the fundraising.

  4. star | November 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    You cant tear down mr e.a. poes home its a historical land mark he wrote some of his best work there.please olease someone help!!!!!!!

  5. Hollie | November 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    why not raise the money to restore the house?If everyone gave what they could…

  6. Dino | November 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    This general lack of respect, properly voiced, would end up being nothing more than a tirade against the american people and the erosion of our history and “culture”. Since the city of Baltimore (like the rest of this country) can’t handle it’s finances, I would love to see the Baltimore Ravens step in and, at the very least, move the museum to the stadium if they aren’t willing to take care of the house as well.
    As a former Baltimore resident and an avid Ravens fan, the merger of history with our largest sport can only benefit both worlds.

  7. Rachel | November 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    wait – I’m pretty sure the B&O Railroad Museum has formed a non-profit to take over Poe House operation:

  8. Dani | November 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The Edgar Allan Poe facebook page has over a million fans. If each of us/them gave a dollar, it’d be saved.


  9. Janie | November 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Monica – How in the world can this vandalism be blamed on America’s teachers?! So many people blame teachers for every failure in society and I just don’t get it. I guess I was too busy grading 50 “Scarlet Letter” essays in the middle of the night. I should have been camped out at the Poe house instead.

  10. Becca Cougill | November 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Janie, Monica wasn’t blaming teachers. No one should blame teachers. It’s the school boards. Teachers do the best they can with what they are given. Your not given enough. We treat you like second class citizens because you teach instead of do. It’s stupid. The ability to teach children is greatly hampered by the tampering of people who want to appear like they care but, really don’t understand or give a crap.

    Because of that our historical places all over the country are being neglected. America is so young compared to the rest of the world, that we don’t understand the importance of history. Teachers are responsible for trying to correct that, but they can’t without proper funding and support from the school boards.

    No one blames you sweetheart. You keep doing what your doing. Teach a child to read, save some dyslexic child from being bullied because reading is a struggle. You do what you do and we will keep trying to find ways to make the stupid people who fund you do their job.

  11. Janie | November 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you, Becca. I appreciate the words of support. I was in another professional career for almost 20 years beefier deciding to teach. While I’ve always worked hard, I’ve worked harder and been under greater stress since I began teaching 14 years ago.

    Two things to note: Teaching IS doing; the good teachers just make it look easy. Also, can we mention the responsibility of parents in the equation?

  12. SC | November 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    We need a link to the museum website and a paypal button!

  13. SC | November 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Here’s a link to a petition someone started to save it.

  14. chris | November 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wonderful idea! If you’ve watched a Ravens game, all three of the Raven mascots where a jersey with Edgar, Allen, or Poe on the back. Baltimore city government is some notoriously corrupt and Rawlings-Blake is an atrocious mayor. A city rich in litrature: Birthplace of Frank O’Hara, Adriene Rich to name a couple.

  15. Vetta | November 30, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I wanna help! Where do i start?!

  16. Maureen Yowell | November 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Is this what we as fans of this great author want to happen to this landmark? I say there should be a fundraiser for the repairs and to keep this landmark free from vandals by having a security guard to protect it. I agree that the Ravens football team owner should put the money up to do this so everyone will be able to see his house and learn more about him because our society needs the arts and literature and vandalizing is not what we want to project for rhe future generations.

  17. Karl Max | December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Great author, but, like in Brazil, the people no have respect to your great icons.

    Is great shame!!!

  18. Mortecai | January 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Does anyone still know how to punctuate?

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