Posted on 12/05/2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Baltimore has celebrated its Edgar Allan Poe connection for years, and now it’s receiving some official recognition.

United for Libraries, a nationwide advocacy group and division of the American Library Association, has designated the city’s Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum as a literary landmark.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the museum is actually Maryland's first literary landmark, but it’s not the first landmark focused on Poe — two sites in Philadelphia claim that honor.

Poe, famous for his poetry (“The Raven”) and horror stories (“The Fall of The House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart”), lived in the Baltimore house that now bears his name from 1833 to 1835.

And according to the Sun, he first earned money from writing while he lived in Baltimore, where he’s also buried.

The museum will host a free dedication ceremony to mark its addition to the landmark list at 1 p.m. January 19 (Poe’s 211th birthday).

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