Downtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Pennies for Poe

We at True and Spooky would like to tip our hat to Edgar Allen Poe, the master of macabre and mystery, who might as well be the patron saint of this library of notes. Poe died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. As the death certificate and medical records regarding Poe’s death are lost, the actual cause is still a mystery. Many have surmised a number of reasons–alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, and tuberculosis.

Poe has two graves at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. His original grave is behind Westminster Hall in the family plot, alongside his grandfather General David Poe Sr. and his brother Henry Leonard Poe. The second is a monument facing Fayette St., which was built by a teacher who started a “Pennies for Poe” campaign in 1875. He was re-buried here with his wife Virginia, his aunt and his mother-in-law. It is tradition for visitors to leave pennies on the monument.

Pennies for Poe