Perhaps it’s fitting that the Baltimore home of Edgar Allan Poe, a writer who had a rough time in life, has had to struggle for survival. Vandalism, low attendance, and good old fashion lack of funds have plagued the house in recent years, despite the hullabaloo surrounding the 200th anniversary of the writer’s birth. In 2011, the city decided to pull its annual funding ($85,000) from Baltimore’s Poe house, and the Internet buzzed with rumors that the house would be lost to history.
That fear, it turns out, was overblown — for now, at least. Last October, a group of local enthusiasts calling themselves Poe Baltimore took charge of the house. They teamed up with museum consultants, who are working on a plan to make the Poe House profitable. They’re arranging for new carpets, and are trying to wrangle a deal with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to get some more Poe goodies to put on display. Students at the Digital Harbor High School are working on an official website — in all, basically, it’s a team effort. (Now when are some Ravens players going to get in on this?)
According to the Sun, October 4 is the planned opening day — but, as we all know, these things have a way of taking longer than expected. Still, as long as everything’s up and running by Halloween, we imagine Poe’s ghost won’t be too upset.