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Poe's Tavern

Well-known poet Edgar Allan Poe spent a few years in the Army using the alias Edgar A. Perry. He was stationed on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.

It is supposed that he used this setting for his 1843 story “The Gold Bug”. Once Charlestonians discovered that Poe had southern roots they chose to create a kind of literary revival. Writers and poets wrote about the time Poe spent in South Carolina and it is thought that with time Poe’s spirit still walks the beaches here.

There are residents claiming that it was a woman he met on the island who inspired his famous poem “Annabel Lee”. To remind people that Poe once spent time here you can find Poe’s Tavern close to Sullivan Island’s Atlantic shore. The tavern has been decorated with different quotes from Poe’s work and there are several portraits of him done by various artists.

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