Thursday, January 19, 2012

Poe Toaster No Show for Third Year in a Row

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-ae-poe-0118-20120118,0,3331884.story

Could this be the end of the tradition? Stretching back to the 1940s, a man dressed in black has left roses and a half-bottle of cognac on Poe's grave at Westminster Hall Burying Grounds (the original marked by a cenotaph at the back of the burial ground, not the current site up front) on the anniversary of his birth. This last happened in 2009, and since then no Poe Toaster.

There has been speculation over who the Toaster may have been, and it may have been that the man died. Seeing as the Toaster had been making rounds for 60 years, the original toaster passed along the tradition in 1998, and the second Toaster stopped after 2009.

So it looks like an old tradition has passed in Baltimore, but this is no reason to forget about our good friend Edgar. The Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum is at 203 Amity Street and Poe's Grave can be visited at Westminster Hall Burying Grounds from 8am until Dusk at Fayette and Greene Streets.

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