Edgar Allan Poe is one of Baltimore's most famous residents, so many of the city's citizens were disappointed when budgetary concerns caused the closing of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum last year. However, soon after it shut its doors, a group formed to raise money and keep it open, and its members recently announced that it will be welcoming visitors once again this fall, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Too much money
The museum was sheltered Sep. 28 last year because the city of Baltimore felt the $85,000 it had cost to operate each year was too much. Poe enthusiasts quickly responded with forming the group Poe Baltimore in an effort to raise the money and turn the attraction into a profitable destination. So far, organizers plan to open the house up on October 4 with weekend hours, and it will look a bit different than it did before. Specifically, there will be a larger emphasis on Poe's relationship with the city as well as interpretive exhibits. Despite the changes, charity officials believe tourists will still enjoy the experience.
"I don't think it will change in any way that will shock people," vice president of Poe Baltimore Mark Redfield told the newspaper. "It will be a very similar experience, with regards to the house. We're not reinventing the wheel."
Although it will still be several months until the Poe House opens its doors, there are a number of other residences throughout the country that have turned into popular tourist destinations. Among the most famous is the Mark Twain house in Hartford, Conn. Home to the famed author in the late 19th century, the beautiful building is not only a stunning piece of architecture, but it also offers some insight into his compelling life. Other impressive authors' residences include Truman Capote's Brooklyn home and Upton Sinclair's in Monrovia, Calif.
Authors are not the only literary figures to get their own museums. Characters do too, including the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London. Modeled after the fictional residence where Holmes and Doctor Watson lived - 221B Baker Street - the attraction is a must-see for any fans of the famous series.