Free Friday: Edgar Allan Poe Gravesite, MD

Edgar Allan Poe was quite popular in my English classes in high school and college. I remember dramatic readings of “The Raven”, fun recitations of “The Bells”, and suspenseful narrations of “The Tell Tale Heart”. I enjoyed those immensely. Is it any wonder that I consider a visit to this great American poet’s gravesite momentous? And it’s free! 

Were it close to my institutions of learning, I’m pretty sure my teachers would have brought me and my classmates there for a field trip. But as it is over a thousand miles across the ocean, we did not get the opportunity. So, it was exciting to stop by at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground located at 519 West Fayette Street in Baltimore, Maryland to pay my respects.

His original grave is in the rear of the church together with the graves of his family members.

When he was buried in 1849, his grave was unmarked and quite neglected until family, friends, and concerned citizens worked together to have a memorial monument installed at the front of the church. 

I’m glad, for it would be a shame not to honor one of the greatest American poets of all time.


About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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2 Responses to Free Friday: Edgar Allan Poe Gravesite, MD

  1. aliz97 says:

    Cool! I got to visit his house over in Philly ~ truly a unique experience! 🙂

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