The Tell-Tale Haunts

From a crowded house to a rol­lick­ing sa­loon and a grace­ful grave­yard, these Poe-re­lated sites give glimpses into the man of mys­tery.

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• From 1833 to 1835, Poe oc­cu­pied a five-room home—in what must have been very close quar­ters— along with his aunt, grand­mother and two cousins. Now a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Mu­seum (left) opens for self- guided tours, $5, Fri­day to Sun­day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed sea­son­ally; check web­site). Poe devo­tees echo his foot­steps across the orig­i­nal floors and up the nar­row, twisty (al­most men­ac­ing!) stair­cases. Though mostly un­fur­nished, the rooms show­case in­for­ma­tional plac­ards plus ar­ti­facts like a te­le­scope, chair and trav­el­ing desk. Be sure to get a look at the at­tic space where Poe likely worked and slept. 203 N. Amity St., poein­bal­ti­more.org

• Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, Poe was last seen sen­tient at The Horse You Came in On (be­low). This Fells Point main­stay (since 1775) serves up sa­loon fare like crab­cakes on brioche buns and lo­cally brewed Loose Can­non IPA, plus live mu­sic daily. 1626 Thames St., the­horse­bal­ti­more.com

• Of the scribe’s many fol­low­ers, the most faith­ful may be the Poe Toaster. For 60-plus years (un­til 2009), the anony­mous ad­mirer vis­ited Poe’s grave at West­min­ster Bury­ing Ground (right). Ev­ery Jan­uary 19, Poe’s birth­day, he raised a glass of co­gnac, then left the bot­tle and three red roses. (A new toaster, cho­sen by lo­cals, re­vived the tra­di­tion in 2015.) The ceme­tery is open daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 515 W. Fayette St., west­min­ster­hall.org

• Poe’s ghost would no doubt fre­quent Annabel Lee Tav­ern (above), Kurt Bra­gu­nier’s brick-and­mor­tar trib­ute to the writer. Named for his last poem, the Canton bar sets a creepy yet cozy tone with stuffed ravens, scrawled verses and com­fort food to pair with Poe-themed cock­tails. 601 S. Clin­ton St., annabellee­tav­ern.com

• At the 1882 Enoch Pratt Free Li­brary, a Poe col­lec­tion holds books, let­ters, a lock of hair and a frag­ment of his cof­fin. 400 Cathe­dral St., prat­tli­brary.org

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