South Court Street
South Court & Benefit
South Court Street
Mansion House / Golden Ball Inn
to College & Benefit

"Poe generally stopped at the Mansion House in Benefit Street--the renamed Golden Ball Inn whose roof has sheltered Washington, Jefferson, and Lafayette..."

"Its construction, over a century and a half ago, had followed the grading and straightening of the road in that especial vicinity; for Benefit Street--at first called Back Street--was laid out as a lane winding amongst the graveyards of the first settlers, and straightened only when the removal of the bodies to the North Burial Ground made it decently possible to cut through the old family plots."

"I feverishly studied the platting of the locality as it had been before the cutting through and partial straightening of Back Street between 1747 and 1758." -- The Shunned House

"...the boy used to stroll south past the long lines of the pre-Revolutionary homes with their great central chimneys and classic portals. On the eastern side they were set high over basements with railed double flights of stone steps, and the young Charles could picture them as they were when the street was new, and red heels and periwigs set off the painted pediments whose signs of wear were now becoming so visible." -- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward