(State Historical Marker# Q-29)

Signs of History

"Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) - writer, poet, and critic - was born in Boston, Mass.  Orphaned at a young age.  Poe was raised by John and Frances Allen of Richmond.  He attended schools in England and Richmond before enrolling at the University of Virginia on 14 Feb. 1826 for one term, living in No. 13 West Range.  He took classes in the Ancient and Modern Languages.  While at the university, Poe accumulated debts that John Allan refused to pay.  Poe left the university and briefly returned to Richmond before moving to Boston in Mar. 1827.  Some of his best-known writings include the Raven, Annabel Lee, and the Tell-Tale Heart.  He also edited the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond from 1835 to 1837.  Poe died in Baltimore, Md."

Photographs courtesy of Eddie Mikell (December 2003)

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