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Philly Had Signers and Singers--The Poets!

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An August 2005 trip to Philadelphia by kjlouden

Edgar Allan Poes "Rose-covered Cottage" Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: The Declaration of Independence isn’t the only work of world renown written in Philly. "The Raven" and other works by Poe were composed at his residence at 7th and Spring Garden, and Whitman wrote his "Deathbed Edition" of Leaves of Grass two blocks from Camden Waterfront.

Philly Had Signers and Singers--The Poets!

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Edgar Allan Poe's
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Except for The Wasteland, I can’t think of more important or more popular American poems than those written in Philadelphia and Camden. The National Historical Sites, where their writers lived, offer visitors colorful literary alternatives to history-only attractions. David and I want to see the homes of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman, and we set aside a morning away from the historic district for that purpose. Because of all the information the rangers at these sites can impart, and because of the time required to travel between them on Riverlink ferry, a morning is barely enough.From 1838-1844, Poe was the most exciting literary figure in Philadelphia. Before he cam...Read More

Walt Whitman House

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Walt Whitman House Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The ranger for Walt Whitman House, a National Historic Landmark, is at the Poe site while we are there, and when he discovers that we are headed for his site while he has it closed, he offers to give us a session. In a private room, we spend a good part of an hour listening to Dick Dyer lecture about Whitman, his residence, and his life. We learn about his housekeeper and friend, Mrs. Mary Davis, widow of a sea captain who lived with The Poet of Democracy in Camden in the house he was able to buy with proceeds from the sale of the 1882 edition of Leaves of Grass....Read More

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Walt Whitman House
328 Mickle Boulevard
Camden, New Jersey 08103
(856) 964-5383

Reading Terminal Market

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Attraction | "The Amish and Reading Terminal Market"

Reading Terminal Market Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Saturday morning, walking from Hilton Garden Inn, we see a golden oak wagon with red trim that looks as if it were just finished yesterday. The sprightly pony pulling it is as high as my waist. There he is, looking absolutely frisky and playful as he bounces along with only tiny children in the wagon. All three of us catch on simultaneously: "Die Ah-mish!" Without the presence of mind to snap a photo, I jog along behind the wagon until it leads me to Reading Terminal underpass and the Amish Festival. I almost run into a cow! Now, what a black-and-white spotted cow looking just like Borden’s Daisy is doing here, I haven’t a clue, but I finally think to get a photo of these ponie...Read More

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Reading Terminal Market
12th And Arch Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 922 2317

Second Bank of the United States

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Attraction | "Charles Wilson Peale Exhibit at Second Bank"

Second Bank of the United States Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Since Thomas Eakins and Whitman were good friends, one might plan a day’s itinerary around the poets’ and artists’ sites of Philly/Camden. A trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art would be sure to reveal plenty of Eakins’ work, but I never want to go to a major museum on my first tour of a city. Instead, I decide to see the Charles Wilson Peale gallery at Second Bank. (Ironically, I spend as much time here as I would have spent at the Museum of Art.) I find the huge collection of portraits fascinating, even though I have intended for this day to focus on 19th-century artists and their friends. So here I am, destroying my day’s coherent timeline and retrogressing back to ...Read More

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Second Bank of the United States
420 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 597 8974

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site

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Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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We’re early (trying to beat the heat), but the attraction is open between 9am and 5pm Wednesday through Sunday in the winter months and 7 days a week in summer. The door seems locked, but as I am "gently rapping," a rollicking ranger throws open the door, and Andrew McDougal welcomes us to Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site. We start with the 8-minute film that puts into perspective Poe’s six years (1838-1844) in Philadelphia. He lived in many houses in the city, but only this one survives. His sojourn here in his rented "rose-covered cottage" with his wife, Virginia Clemm, and her mother, Maria, w...Read More