Baltimore, Maryland: Edgar Allan Poe's 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. The Poe house and museum -- currently closed -- is five blocks west and two blocks north of the graves, at 203 N. Amity St.
Visitor Tips and News About Edgar Allan Poe's Graves
The Poe House is open for visitation, though only in the middle of the day. You have to knock and be admitted. The hostess was very nice and gave a 10 minute talk on the house and Poe.
This was a low-income residence, even in the 1830s, and the rooms (and ceilings) are incredibly small. The stairs are spiral, narrow, and steep. We visited on a HOT August day, and the grandmother's room in the attic was blazing hot. I cannot believe anyone could possibly stay there in the summer. The house is not air-conditioned.
Upstairs there is a short dramatized interview with Poe that is actually quite good (though low-resolution VHS), and a glass-case exhibit. Poe was definitely given an undeserved bad rap by a competitor after his mysterious trauma and subsequent death.
No museum store, just some academic publications for sale. This is worth a visit, but is a dicey neighborhood several blocks from the boundary of the University of Maryland Medical Campus.[Fiskie, 10/06/2011]
The Poe House closed to the public on September 28, 2012. No word yet as to when it might reopen.
The last time I was in that area, a friend and I left our hotel and headed in that direction. The valets at the hotel stopped us and said, "You are NOT going into that neighborhood!" I'm glad they were looking out for our safety, but disappointed because I still haven't gotten there.[Kristin, 07/18/2011]
The mystery Poe toaster did not appear 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]
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]