Poe Fieldtrips in the Baltimore region
Poe House and Museum
- Poe House and Museum
203 North Amity Street, Baltimore City
Visit the tiny home Poe shared with his extended family including his young cousin Virginia, who later became his wife. From this house, where he lived 1832 to 1835, Poe wrote numerous poems, reviews, and his first award-winning short story, "Ms. Found in a Bottle."
The house is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 4 PM, but you should call ahead to confirm.
Special events held here include:
- Halloween at the Poe House (weekends before and after Halloween)
- Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Celebration, the world's largest, held on the weekend nearest January 19
- Poe's Grave
Located in the southeast corner of Fayette and Greene Streets in West Baltimore.
Poe's grave is in the Westminster Hall Cemetery. This is where the Poe Toaster makes his secretive visit on the night of Poe's birthday, January 19. Poe, his wife, and his aunt are all buried here.
The grave, church and cemetery currently belong the Law School of the University of Maryland and are maintained by the Westminster Preservation Trust. The cemetery is open to the public every day, from 8:00 a.m. to nightfall.
Tours of the grave site are held from April through July on the first and third Fridays of each month. You have to make reservations for the tours, as they may be canceled if there are not enough people who have expressed interest. Special tours may be arranged for groups of 15 or more people.
- Halloween tour of the cemetery and catacombs (Halloween night)
Other Poe sites worth visiting in Baltimore
- Sir Moses Ezekiel Statue of Poe,
located at the University of Baltimore, Law Center Plaza, Maryland and Mt. Royal Avenues.
Commissioned in 1907 by the Women's Literary Club of Baltimore, this statue of Poe is the last work of the great American sculptor Sir Moses Jacob Ezekiel. According to the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore:
"Sir Moses envisioned Poe seated in a classical chair, adorned with images of the muses of music and poetry. Poe's head is tilted slightly to one side, with his left hand raised as he listens to ethereal music. The base was molded out of concrete. Inscriptions read: 'Edgar Allan Poe; 19 January 1809; 7 October 1849; Dreaming Dreams; No Mortal; Ever Dared; To Dream Before' ; 'To Thee; The Laurels Belong; Best Bard' ; 'Whose Sweet Duty; Was But to Sing' ; 'Erected by; The Poe Memorial Association; Of Baltimore; And the Generosity; Of Mr. Orrin C. Painter.'"
- The Enoch Pratt Free Library,
Located at 400 Cathedral Street in Baltimore
The Pratt opened the Edgar Allan Poe Room on January 19, 1934, Poe's 125th birthday. The collections there include letters and artifacts that were part of Amelia F. Poe's collection. Amelia was one of two daughters of Edgar's Baltimore cousin, Neilson Poe. She was also Poe's close friend. Some of the holdings in this collection are displayed online.
Hours for the Pratt Library, Main Library: (410) 396-5000
Web page: www.pratt.lib.md.us
Maryland Historical Society
- The Maryland Historical Society Museum,
Located at 201 W. Monument Street in Baltimore
General Information: (410) 685-3750
The Maryland Historical Society is devoted to collecting and preserving materials related to Maryland history. It has a vast collection of objects, documents, and other materials from the 19th century in Baltimore that showcase the kind of world in which Edgar Allan Poe lived. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On the first Thursday of every month, the museum stays open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Visit the Society's web site to learn more about its resources and services that will help you and your family learn more about Maryland history and Poe's world