Edgar Allan Poe Memorial Grave
Perhaps you think you know his tale, but until you walk in his footsteps in Baltimore and visit his final resting place, you definitely don't know Poe!
Edgar Allan Poe had many homes during his life, with houses in Virginia, New
York, and Maryland. If you haven't visited his home here in Baltimore yet, you should definitely try to get your group over there after this!
Poe's great-grandfather settled in Baltimore in 1755. It is in Baltimore that Poe met his wife (Virginia, cousin), published his second volume of poetry, and got a few major accolades for his work.
At the Westminster Burying Ground, you will find both the original grave site and the newer, more substantial one. Edgar Allan Poe was first buried in 1849 in an unmarked grave. Shortly after a sandstone tomb with the number '80' was placed on it, then a better, marble display was created for the area but destroyed by a train before it was installed. Today you will see the monument and headstone from 1875. The monument features a bas-relief bust of Poe and the dates 1809-1849. The other sides pay tribute to Maria Poe Clemm (Virginia's mother), and Virginia Clemm Poe.
You will learn so much about Poe's life while here, as well as fun facts about the 'Toaster' that left a bottle of cognac and 3 red roses each year on Poe's birthday. There are several other very important people buried here as well, so be sure to look around! You will see the resting spot of James McHenry, of which you will probably remember from Fort McHenry.