Sarah Helen Whitman's home is on Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island. She is best remembered today as the fiancée of Edgar Allan Poe, but in 1848, when their courtship began, she was a well respected poetess. Poe had first seen her in the backyard of her house in 1845, standing in the garden. By 1848 they were corresponding regularly. Poe came to Providence in September of 1848 to court her. He stayed at a hotel called the Mansion House on Benefit Street. Her mother did not approve of Poe, so their courtship involved walks around town. They were set to be married on December 25th, but information she received about Poe misbehaving led her to call the wedding off. Even though they never saw each other again, she would become a staunch supporter of his.