This year we opened the house over a month earlier than usual, opting for early April instead of late May. We also opened the house one additional day each week, welcoming guests Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Your response blew us away!
The morning of December 4, we were thrilled as our 10,000th visitor crossed through the parlor door since this April’s reopening. This record-breaking feat seemed a lofty goal when we set it, but never underestimate the draw of being in the place where a young 20-something wanna-be writer launched his renowned career. Thank you for your support and patronage this season!
So who were the lucky visitors? The Beaver Family of Middlebury, Connecticut were looking for family-friendly things to do on their weekend visit to Baltimore. Thier children were both somewhat familiar with Poe, so they added the house and graveyard to their itinerary.
We asked them about what they took away from the house. “Our son (12) found the telescope and Poe’s interest in astronomy unexpected. Our daughter (9) recalls how tiny and sparse the bedroom was upstairs. We all marveled at the size of the house, the narrow stairs, and low ceilings.” They also got some fantastic entertainment for the ride home. “We bought a book of his work made for kids at the house. They read out loud on the ride back to Connecticut. We imagined Poe writing some of those words using the portable desk we saw, making literature and history tangibly real for the kids.”
Thanks to the Beavers for their visit and sharing their memories!