Westminster Hall & Burying Ground

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Famed poet Edgar Allan Poe met a mysterious end on October 7th, 1849 after being found delirious on the streets of Baltimore. He died at Washington College Hospital at 5AM, only 40 years old, and his cause of death is still disputed: suicide, murder, cholera, hypoglycemia, rabies, syphilis, influenza? We’ll never know, but the fascinating story reads like a true-crime murder mystery.

Initially buried in a humble plot that quickly reached a state of disrepair, supporters pushed to have his grave moved and enshrined, finally raising enough money to erect a memorial in 1875. You can see Poe’s final resting spot at Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds where he lay next to his wife, Virginia.

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