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4 Ways to Experience Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore this Fall

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | September 27, 2016

4 Ways to Experience Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore this Fall

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Perhaps no historical figure is as synonymous with one city as Edgar Allan Poe is with Baltimore.

The iconic writer is buried in Charm City, and his legacy is well remembered throughout the independent city nearly 167 years after his death, with Poe's famous "The Raven" poem serving as the inspiration behind the team name of the city's beloved Baltimore Ravens.

If a trip to Baltimore is in your plans this fall, there are plenty of ways to learn more about and pay homage to one of America's greatest writers.

Explore the Edgar Allan Poe House

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This National Historic Landmark is where Poe spent two years living with his aunt, grandmother and two cousins from 1833 to 1835. The house is now a museum that boasts the same original plaster walls and woodwork from the 1830s.

Notable exhibits include Poe's portable writing desk and chair, a telescope and china and glassware used by Poe and his family. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission to the museum costs just $5.

Stop By the Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Downtown Charm City is where you'll discover the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which is home to a variety of unique Poe-related items and artifacts, including a piece of his hair and coffin.

Visitors can also view letters and documents from his family's private collection.

Visit Westminster Hall 

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For the truly brave Poe fans, a trip to the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground is a must. After all, this is where Poe's grave is located. 

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Public guided tours are offered on the first and third Friday of each month between April and November, while the annual Halloween tour of the burying ground will be held Oct. 31. In addition to Poe, this Baltimore graveyard serves as the final resting place for Poe's wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe and American statesman James McHenry.

Westminster Hall is also where the mysterious "Poe Toaster" would leave cognac and roses on Poe's grave on his birthday each year for decades. 

Head Over to the George Peabody Library

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While the Enoch Pratt Free Library is home to several personal artifacts of Poe's, the George Peabody Library is where visitors to Baltimore can see some of Poe's most famous work up close.

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"The Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond: Selections from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection" exhibit is free to visitors and will be open six days a week, including Tuesdays from Oct. 4 through February 5, 2017. 

"This exhibition of rare materials gives viewers the chance to see Poe at work, up close: 'The Raven' in Poe's own handwriting...first editions of Poe's writings in books, newspapers, and magazines from the 1800s...and examples of the translations, illustrations, comic books, and portraits that have helped extend Poe's global popularity," the library's website states.

Beginning next month on the anniversary of Poe's death, the library will also host a film series to celebrate his life and work.

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