Baltimore, Maryland: Edgar Allan Poe's Two GravesPoe has the possibly unique distinction of having tombstones in two different parts of the same church cemetery.
Westminster Burial Ground
- 555 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD
- Both Poe graves are in Westminster Burial Ground, which is on the south side of W. Fayette St. just east of N. Greene St. The new grave is up by the front; the old grave is around the corner of the church, by a back wall.
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Edgar Allan Poe's Graves
When Poe became famous they gave him a second grave and moved him to the front of the cemetery, near the street (who else on the planet has two grave sites in the same cemetery?).
The Poe house, although nearby in dicey neighborhood, seemed safe enough to visit and was quite busy on the Sunday that we made our pilgrimage.[Bill LaCivita, 11/04/2015]
Edgar Allan Poe Graves
The mystery Poe toaster did not appear [at the grave] in 2010 or 2011, leaving many to believe he has died or felt the tradition has run its course.
The proprietors of the Poe house are warning that a cut in city funding may force its closure.[David Almasi, 04/09/2011]
An article in today's Baltimore Sun refers to the 800 block of West Lexington Street, just around the corner from the Poe House, as "the block of death." Unfortunately, it's not a reference to Poe's morbid legacy, but to the neighborhood's current reputation for violent crime. The Poe House web site cautions visitors to "lock your car and keep any valuables out of sight." Sounds like a fitting place to get fans into a Poe-like mood of terror and dread....[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/09/2010]
Edgar Allan Poe's Mysterious Toaster
The house Edgar Allan Poe lived in during his time in Baltimore and his gravesite (both the original and the relocated site) are in Baltimore. There is the infamous "toaster" who comes every year and leaves a half bottle of scotch and three roses on his grave every year on his birthday. No one makes an effort to identify the toaster -- he is left undisturbed, though there is an infrared photo of the toaster on display in the museum.[Kaitlin McCormick, 09/17/2006]