B&O Museum to aid Poe House, under proposal
Plan hopes to make the House a tourist destination and counts on the B&O to make it happen
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
October 2, 2012
Baltimore will pay the B&O Railroad Museum $180,000 to put the Edgar Allan Poe House on the road to becoming a self-sufficient, serious tourist draw, under a proposal being submitted Wednesday to the city’s Board of Estimates.
The overriding idea is to turn the Poe House into a draw that will not only see increased attendance, which has fluctuated between 3,000 and 5,000 annually, but also make Baltimore a destination for Poe enthusiasts. It also envisions an annual operating budget of between $200,000 and $300,000 — substantially more than the $85,000 the city had been spending annually on the Poe House.
“For years, Baltimore has celebrated its connection with Edgar Allan Poe in many ways, and the Poe House played an important role,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “This agreement will set the Poe House on a new course toward self-sufficiency and growth as one of Baltimore’s premier cultural attractions.” full story