My daughter Aynsley and I recently went to visit my mother for a few days. She lives in Ellicott City Maryland. My daughter had only a few requests, and one was to see the Edgar Allen Poe house and grave in Baltimore.
How hard could it be? Well with major construction going on around us, with closed off streets and forgetting the GPS, pretty darn hard.
When found, the Poe house is under renovation, but it doesn’t matter as it LOOKS like you want the Poe house to look. The nice postal worker delivering mail stopped to say how sorry she was the home was closed. She also gave us directions to the grave of Poe, around the traffic and construction.
The lovely Poe grave is easy to find. My husband parked right in front of the church, and as my daughter posed with the grave, locals walked by smiling and even remarking to each other “yeah, that’s where he’s buried, right here!” This grave is newer, Poe’s original grave was in the back of the church. As his reputation grew, he was moved to a more easy to reach location with a fancier headstone. My daughter had friends that asked her to bring some “dirt” from the Poe grave. She had to point out that it is all paved over.
If you are laughing that someone would want dirt from a grave, it should be noted you can buy dirt from a Salem graveyard on Ebay! My daughter was not tempted to fool her friends by digging up a bit of dirt from her grandmother’s garden!
I also visited my friend Ellie at the wonderful Enoch Pratt Free Library where she works.