Edgar Allan Poe’s Gravesite in Baltimore
Westminster Hall, one of the area’s most intriguing architectural landmarks, is a converted Gothic church built on arches above Westminster Burying Ground, creating catacombs. Edgar Allan Poe, his young wife and her mother all eventually found their final resting place within Westminster Burying Ground—each having been previously buried elsewhere—as did several early mayors of Baltimore, heroes of the American Revolution and members of the city’s elite.
The church and burying ground are in the care of the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization established in 1977 under the leadership of the University of Maryland School of Law. In 1983, the Trust completed a major project to preserve and restore the site’s historic features and to adapt the church building for contemporary use. Tours of Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs can be arranged year round with a minimum of 15 people.
To the right, you can view a video from famed mystery novelist and Baltimore resident, Laura Lippman. Laura takes you on a tour of her “mysterious Baltimore,” which includes a stop at Westminster Hall and a discussion of Poe’s influence on the mystery genre. She is also a post recipient of the prestigious Edgar® Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Westminster Hall & Burying Ground
515 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201