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Westminster Church Cemetery

Fayette and Green Streets, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Mon 8:30a-5p
  • Independent

“The Final Resting place of Edgar Allan Poe”

The final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe; both his original grave and the memorial grave he was later moved to. Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established. The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe, General Sam Smith, and General James McHenry. To avoid disturbing the existing graves, the original church building was constructed on brick piers above some of the tombs, creating catacombs, which can be toured by visitors. The church’s congregation disbanded in 1977 and the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established to take care of the building and the grounds. The Trust was able to raise more than $1.7 million for the renovation of the building, which was completed in 1983. The renovated building is now used as a rental facility and is the perfect place to hold a unique and memorable event! A creative restoration of this converted Gothic church combines the elegance of stained glass windows, carved oak woodwork and and 1882 Johnson pipe organ with the conveniences of track lighting, handicapped accessibility and flexible seating options.

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Reviewed by
arlettemontilla

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 21, 2014

Very Nice to go if you are a Poe's devoted fan. Is always open in day light time till 8 am :)

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Reviewed by
TannisTekk

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 13, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great place to visit for any Poe fan. The burial grounds are very interesting; the church was built over the graveyard to preserve the site. There are tombstones below certain areas of the building. Very unique. The tombs themselves are interesting to see, as well. Highly recommended visit for any tourist.

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StephanieSmith

  • 8 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

great place for any history buff even if your not a Poe fan. they have profiles of a dozen or so residents besides Poe. it was very interesting free thing to do.

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Reviewed by
ahskinner

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  • 13 Helpful
April 10, 2015
Rated 5.0

Go visit Edgar Allan Poe's grave in the back of the graveyard. Even during the day, this place is creepy and feels like you are back in history. Everyone should go at least once!

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Westminster Church Cemetery

Fayette and Green Streets
Baltimore, Maryland
21201 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent

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