Thursday, December 4, 2008

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary... (Update)

Boogiedowner readers with us from the start will remember that one of the first BD posts featured Poe Cottage.

It took me a while, but I finally made the trip over there to check the place out for myself. A friend and I signed up for the $5 tour (along with a Bronx mother and daughter team as well as a lone female tourist who was “seeing the sights” of our much under-appreciated borough. Very impressive, girlfriend!) Unlike some of the larger historical homes (i.e. Bartow-Pell and Van Cortlandt) Poe Cottage is really, well… cottagey. Cute and sweet! And unlike the residents of the other grander homes, Poe had financial woes throughout his short life, so the furnishings are sparser and simpler. But still a must for history, literature and antique aficionados.

And mystery buffs – the theories surrounding the poet’s death are as varied as are those regarding the true identity of Jack the Ripper. Who knew! After a guided tour, there is a short documentary that visitors can watch, which ends with a reading of the author’s eerie but romantic Annabelle Lee. Quaintly chilling and should remind you of the first time you read The Raven in school. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!

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