The life of writer Edgar Allan Poe, one of Baltimore’s most famous residents, is chronicled in Baltimore’s Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum at 203 N. Amity Street. The house is open 11 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. through December 18, when it closes for the winter.
If you’re short on time or don’t want to pay the $5 admission fee ($4 for seniors, military and students), you can visit Poe’s grave at Westminster Hall Cemetery on the southeast corner of Fayette and Greene Streets, within walking distance of the house.
Decorated with a bust of the poet, the memorial in the cemetery is inscribed with a birth date of January 20, 1809, but Poe was actually born January 19, 1809.
In the late 1940s, an anonymous fan began placing three roses and a bottle of cognac on the grave on the anniversary of Poe’s death (October 7, 1849). Visits by the “Poe Toaster” or his descendants ended in 2009, though others do occasionally leave similar tokens.
There’s also a statue of Poe at the University of Baltimore School of Law. There’s no charge to visit it.