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.
• 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