Edgar Allan Poe's Grave
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Edgar Allan Poe's Grave in Downtown Baltimore
It's easy to miss Westminster Hall and its famous cemetery from the busy Baltimore streets that surround it. A sweeping, black iron fence signifies something worth seeing, though, and the clusters of families with cameras hanging off their wrists lead the way. Edgar Allan Poe's grave is the first upon entering the cemetery. It is an imposing stone construction, demanding quiet and respect. The busy city sidewalk, just a few feet away, begs otherwise, but it's easy to tune out the noise. There are often flowers here left by unknown admirers, and their perfumed scent flutters on the air. The 1852 church rests on top of crumbling old tombs that predate it by 60 years. The public can tour these creepy catacombs on the 1st and 3rd consecutive Friday and Saturday of each month, April--November. Even without a guided tour, the grounds are good for a stroll. See Poe's original gravesite (where he was buried until money was raised for a more-appropriate tombstone), as well as the graves of lesser-known sons of Baltimore. The grounds are open from 8AM--dusk daily, and there are informational guides at the cemetery entrance. Westminster Hall is an easy drive from I-83 with ample (paid) street parking. It's three blocks from Lexington Market station and is on several city bus lines. Guided tours cost $5 but otherwise entrance is free.
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