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Westminster Cemetery and Catacombs
Westminster Cemetery and Catacombs Review
The city's oldest cemetery is the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe and other famous Marylanders, including 15 generals from the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Dating from 1786, the cemetery was originally known as the Old Western Burying Grounds. In the early 1850s a city ordinance demanded that burial grounds be part of a church, so a building was constructed above the cemetery, creating catacombs beneath it. In the 1930s the schoolchildren of Baltimore collected pennies to raise the necessary funds for Poe's monument. Each year on Poe's birthday a mysterious stranger leaves three roses and a bottle of cognac on the writer's grave.
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