As an out-of-state educator who has brought students to the Poe House and attended many events sponsored by and for the Baltimore Poe House for the last 20 years, I am rather distressed by the article that I read in your paper ("Poe House could join with B&O Museum," April 11). I can see no advantages for the Poe House to operate as part of the B&O Railroad Museum.
First, it would make scheduling a visit to the museum a nightmare for me (since I am four hours from Baltimore). In the past, I have contacted the Poe House, made arrangements with the curator, and taken our bus to its doorstep. Our time is always limited, so having this part of our trip coordinated through a train museum would further complicate matters. As an individual visiting the Poe House, I would rather be able to go as it suits me and not have to wait for some shuttle service.
Next, I noticed in the article that the cost to operate is $140,000 whereas before the house was operating on $80,000, and this is supposed to be better?