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Westford, Massachusetts

Westford Poe Marker

A monument in a town outside of Boston celebrates the visits of Edgar Allan Poe. 

In a small copse of trees off to the side of the front lawn of a private, two-story white house in Westford, Massachusetts lies a headstone-like marker with a black raven incised on it. The memorial is dedicated to Poe or, more accurately, his visits to that location, where he would spend time with Nancy Heywood Richmond, the woman who would be the inspiration for his poem, “For Annie.”

The text on the marker reads,

Edgar Allan Poe Was Here 1848-1849 Reading Poems - Exploring the Town Nurturing His Friendship With Nancy Heywood Richmond (“Annie”)

Adapted with Permission from: The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker