Built in 1812, Edgar Allen Poe lived in the cottage from 1846 until his death in 1849 (born in Boston, 1809). At that time, this cottage was in Fordham Village in Westchester County. It was annexed to NYC in 1874, became Bronx Borough in 1898 and the youngest county to date in NY State in 1914.
By the late 1910s Poe Park was a popular locale for outdoor music concerts. When the circular bandstand was erected in 1925, the park became a hub of the community's social life, with regular classical music concerts drawing large crowds. From the 1940s to the 1960s, Con Edison sponsored name band concerts and dance contests at Poe Park. Artists included Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller.
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