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Obscura Society Philly: The Birth of the Master of the Macabre

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

On January 19th, 1809, the master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe was born. Two hundred and six years later, join Obscura Society Philly in celebration of his birth with an afternoon of Poe, tales, roses, and cognac. 

From 1838 to 1844, Edgar Allan Poe lived in the city of Philadelphia, where he composed some of his finest works, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Raven. He lived in several houses during this time, but the only one that remains standing is now the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.

At approximately one pm, we shall assemble at Poe's House for a tailored tour of the home and discussion about his strange life, even stranger death, and the mysterious legacy of the Poe Toaster.

Afterwards, we will make our way to the drinking establishment Llama Tooth for specially-priced cognac (rumored to be Poe's preferred libation) and a selected reading of a Poe favorite. 

Notes for this Adventure:

- Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the museum. 

- Ample street parking is available. 

- The large metal raven sculpture marks the entrance of the museum. 

- The Llama Tooth is located at 1033 Spring Garden Street. Admission to the bar is 21 and over.