Private Edgar Perry [aka Edgar Allan Poe]

The time Poe spent on Sullivan’s Island may have been short but it stayed with him forever, feeding his imagination and stories he wrote years later, such as “The Gold-Bug,” published in 1843. A story that follows Mr. William Legrand, a man of an ancient Huguenot family who found refuge on Sullivan’s Island where he was bitten by a bug of a brilliant-gold colour… or, was it real gold…?

But Sullivan’s Island didn’t forget Poe either; for all these years later, we can still walk along Poe Avenue, or Raven Drive, or even satisfy some of our basic needs with a hamburger and a beer, in Poe’s Tavern.

Poe’s Tavern @ Sullivan’s Island, SC

April 12th, 2018

Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island

Where on June 28th, 1776, William Moultrie, commander of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, and 400 soldiers, bravely fought off British warships trying to occupy Charleston during the American Revolution.

Where an 18-year-old Poe, enlisted in the Army under the pseudonym Edgar Allan Perry, was stationed for 13 months, until December 1828.

And where the water is so dangerous you must stay out of it, or be fined $1040 – not a penny more, not a penny less.

Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island, SC

April 12th, 2018

The House of Poe, Baltimore

”When asked about his origins, Poe was fond of saying that he was a Virginian gentleman, but it was in Baltimore that Poe sought refuge when he had feuded with his foster father, John Allan, and was compelled to leave the house. It was in Baltimore that Poe found his future wife, Virginia Eliza Clemm, and in Baltimore that he placed his feet on the first steps of what would be his career for the next 17 years. Perhaps most revealing, when asked for the place of his birth, Poe turned his back on Boston and claimed Baltimore instead.”

It is no coincidence that Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place is also in Baltimore, not far from this tiny house, in which he lived with his aunt, grandmother and two cousins. 

The Poe House is currently closed for restoration and scheduled to re-open in April 2018. Check for updates and opening hours here: Poe in Baltimore

Visited on April 27th, 2017

“Other friends have flown before— On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”*

To Mr. Poe

Thank you for all your brilliant madness.
Pain and destruction births many great artists, but ultimately causes their demise.
I wonder if you are somewhere in the great ether(?), witnessing the events that you set in motion.

Nevertheless, rest easy

– anonymous artist

Poe’s Memorial Grave, Baltimore

* The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe

April 26th, 2017