Poe - Richmond, Virginia

Poe - Richmond, Virginia Nineteenth Century Life American History Geography Social Studies Visual Arts

Richmond, Virginia was an important town for Edgar Allan Poe.  He was living there, as a child, when his mother died on the 8th of December, 1811. 

His foster parents - John and Frances ("Fanny") Allan - also lived in Richmond at the time they "took in" young Edgar.

As an adult, Poe worked in Richmond at the Southern Literary Messenger during the mid-1830s.

Before he died, in 1849, Poe was planning to return to Richmond with his mother-in-law, Maria Clemm.

This image depicts how the city of Richmond appeared, circa 1830.  It is an engraving (by W.J. Bennett), based on a painting (by G. Cooke), entitled "Richmond, from the Hill above the Waterworks."

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