From what sources do today's popular thriller novelists draw their inspiration? One sure guess is that they're fans of that supreme literary master of psychological horror, Edgar Allan Poe. By the end of his life in the 1840s, Poe was a well-known and much-loved writer. In those days, though, even the most successful novelists generally didn't become wealthy. Poe spent the last years of his life in a modest farmhouse in the village of Fordham, far removed from the bustle of the city. His neat and simple home has been restored to look as it did then, complete with the rocking chair where Poe relaxed and the tiny bed in the room where his beloved wife died. It was here that he wrote "Annabel Lee," "Ulalume," "The Bells" and "Eureka."


Families and other groups can take a guided tour of the period rooms, which reflect the living style of the 1840s. The tour is augmented by a film about Poe's life and literary career.


A guided tour of the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage emphasizes American literature and local history and concludes with a 20-minute film on Poe's life and literary career. A teacher workbook, with pre- and post-visit activity suggestions, is provided. Program is offered for special education groups and, whenever possible, in Spanish.

Fee: $5 adults, $3 students.