It turns out, as much as they object, the money just isn't there. And I have to wonder if the public cares. Is it just an American thing that every piece of brick touched by famous hands is preserved eternally? Perhaps it is only normal that homes and other buildings throughout Europe would be renumbered and recycled. After all, there are hundreds of more years of history and less land on which those generations have lived.
In the US we have no problem marking something "historic" and setting up a foundation. Edgar Allan Poe has a museum at his homes in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Richmond, Virginia. You can visit Thomas Wolfe's house across my state in Asheville, North Carolina. William Faulkner has his home in Mississippi, Mark Twain in Connecticut, and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota.
Are these places important? Do they add to one's experience of the literature? I think so. What do you think?