Sarah Helen Whitman House, Providence

Sarah Helen Whitman House, Providence

The Sarah Helen Whitman House is a home that belonged to former American poet, Sarah Helen Whitman. The 18th-century home was purchased by Whitman's mother when her daughters were young. Whitman returned to the house after her husband died and continued to live there for many years.

Whitman is remembered as much for her relationship with Edgar Allan Poe as she is for her poetry. It was at this home that Whitman met Poe. She inspired Poe's poem "To Helen," which was reportedly written at this residence.

The two-story home is noted for its Colonial architecture. Building on the home began in 1783 and was completed in 1793. Additional work was done in 1875, well after Whitman no longer lived at the residence.

The house is located at 88 Benefit Street. Its hilltop locations offers a perfect view of St. John's Cathedral and its cemetery. It is sometimes also credited as the Benjamin & John Reynolds House. The home is privately owned.

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Sight Name: Sarah Helen Whitman House
Sight Location: Providence, USA (See walking tours in Providence)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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