Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ruthie Visit Part 2: Poe's Odd Death and Double-Grave

Rob, Ruthie and Tom
In Part 2 of our Edgar Allen Poe adventures with our friend Ruthie, we visited the Westminster Burial Ground in Baltimore and learned about Poe's odd death and his double-grave. Come along and find out with us in today's blog.

A WEIRD DEATH -  Edgar Allan Poe, who was buried here in October 1849, following his sudden and mysterious death after being found on the street near East Lombard Street in a sick and semi-conscious state wearing unfamiliar clothes. Poe was taken to the Church Home and Infirmary on Broadway (between East Fayette and Baltimore Streets on "Washington Hill"), where he died four days later.
Westminster Burial Ground. Ruthie and Tom reading a marker

ABOUT THE BURIAL GROUND - Westminster Hall and Burying Ground is a graveyard and former church located at 519 West Fayette Street (at North Greene Street) in Baltimore, Maryland. The complex was declared a national historic district in 1974. The graveyard was established in January 1787.

Edgar's first Grave

Edgar's 2nd grave near the entrance
TWO GRAVESITES IN ONE BURIAL GROUND - Poe actually has two graves on this site: his original grave and a monument added in 1875.

His original burial spot, towards the back of Westminster Hall, is marked by a headstone with an engraved raven. It was a family plot, lot 27, where his grandfather General David Poe Sr. and his brother Henry Leonard Poe are also buried.

In 1875, a local school teacher started a "Pennies for Poe" campaign to raise money for a more appropriate monument, resulting in the large marble monument located at the front of the cemetery facing Fayette St; to this day, it is traditional for visitors to the grave to leave a penny on the monument. Poe was re-buried there along with his aunt and mother-in-law Maria Clemm and his wife Virginia.

his grandfather General David Poe Sr.
NOTE: - Because there were so many people who wanted to visit Poe's gravesite and it was in the back of the church yard it made sense to move him and create a large marker for him up front near the grave yard entrance. That's where he is today. His white grave marker can be seen from the main street, even if you just drive by.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next