Historic Hotspot: Baltimore, MD
By Julie DiNisio
Baltimore, a fierce contender with Richmond, Virginia for the right to claim America’s most famous (or infamous) author, is home to one of Edgar Allan Poe’s residences. Every year, this museum and monument to Poe’s life holds a famous birthday celebration for the poet. If you want to visit the home of someone with a less morbid reputation, the Carroll Mansion is a more classic Founding Fathers stop. Once home to the longest living signer of the Declaration of Independence, it is open for tours on the weekends.
If seeing the final resting place of famous Baltimoreans (please respect the dead by not calling them “Baltimorons”; I doubt these eighteenth and nineteenth century Marylanders called anyone “you’s guys”) seems interesting, the Westminster Presbyterian Church Cemetery is a gorgeous example of early Gothic Revival. Oh, and Edgar Allan Poe was buried here.
Over the years, Johns Hopkins has slowly taken over the city. The hospital complex and offices can be found all over Baltimore (my great-grandmother’s home is currently a Johns Hopkins office!). The original hospital buildings are not open to the public but are beautiful and architecturally wondrous to unceremoniously gape at. But much of this fair city falls under the same category, so it’s a must see historic hotspot.