Edgar Allan Poe is associated with many places throughout the east coast of the United States. Those places include: Boston, MA, the Bronx, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, and even Charleston, SC. Scarcely does anybody ever connect Poe to Providence, RI. Although his time here was short (and he never did actually live here), there were some major events that occurred deeming quite significant to his biography. Edgar Allan Poe: Rhode Island will elaborate in those events and celebrate in all things POE! We’ll also bring attention to Providence Poetess and fiancée of Poe, Sarah Helen Whitman. Our mission here is to educate on Edgar Allan Poe’s Rhode Island story, claiming a little piece of the poet for ourselves.
As for me (the administrator of this website), I was born, raised, and still currently living here in the Ocean State. I have a tenacious passion for Edgar Allan Poe, and am a member of the Poe Studies Association. My goal is to not only educate and bring light to Poe, Whitman, and their story, but to have a neatly compiled resource for everything relating to the poets here in Rhode Island.
Thanks for taking an interest in Edgar Allan Poe: Rhode Island! I hope you enjoy all that we have to offer. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, concerns, or just to share your story! We’d love to hear from you.
Ave Atque Vale!
What house did Poe live in?
Hi Ray! Great question! Poe never actually lived here in Rhode Island. He only visited in 1845 and again in 1848. His time here in 1848 was extended because he was courting Providence Poetess Sarah Helen Whitman. He stayed in a hotel called the Earl House that has unfortunately since been demolished. You can find the location today (of where the hotel was) at 67 North Main Street, Providence. Hope this helps!
I hope to visit Providence and the rest of the state someday. I was coming to visit in 2020 but Covid had other ideas. I’m a budding Lovecraft fan and also of Poe. Any reason added to come is just fine with me. Cheers!
Covid put a stop to many of my endeavors, too! Hopefully you can get here soon! When you do, please reach out and I will happily show you around! Lovecraft is always another reason to come to Providence. Hope to see you someday! And thanks for checking out the site.