It’s October 26th, and as we’re all aware, that means that Its Austrian National Day, when Austrians from across the entire country celebrate the end of Allied occupation after WWII and the state’s declaration of permanent neutrality. It also means that Halloween is right around the corner. With that in mind, I figured it was high time to get a bit spooky, and nothing quite says spooky like a good ol’ haunting. So if you’re in Baltimore and looking
1. The House of Edgar Allen Poe
No single person embodies both spookiness and Baltimore better than Edgar Allen Poe. Known as the “Raven”, the dark and troubled writer made Baltimore his home for much of his illustrious career, and his macabre presence can still be felt at his home today. Many visitors to the house have claimed to see a female ghost, possibly Poe’s wife, through the upstairs window, or heard mysterious footsteps and banging sounds coming from inside the house.
2. The Horse You Came In On Saloon
Located in Fells Point, The Horse You Came In On Saloon is the oldest bar in Baltimore, and as it claims, the longest continually operated saloon in the U.S. The watering hole was a favorite spot of, you guessed it, Edgar Alllen Poe. Patrons claim that his ghost still frequents the bar, often enough even that the bartenders always leave out a glass of cognac for him to drink. Aside from the spirit of Poe, bar goers also report seeing glowing orbs of light and cash registers that open and close by themselves!
3. Westminster Hall cemetery
When Poe’s ghost isn’t at the bar, you can probably find him at the Westminster Hall cemetery, his home and final resting place. Visitors often claim to find Poe roaming around the graveyard – but he isn’t the only spirit that haunts the cemetery. A whole cadre of ghosts has apparently decided to stick around – among them those of a number of people who were tragically buried alive on the premises. One of the more violent ghosts is that of Lucia Watts Taylor, a 16 year old girl who dies in 1816 and does her very best to scare intruders off the premises.
4. Black Aggie
A Baltimore classic, Black Aggie is a statue that sat at Druid Hill cemetery from 1925-1967. During those years, it became a common dare among teenagers to sit in her lap – many claimed that you could hear her heartbeat. There were also rumors that Black Maggie would crush or blind people that she did not approve of. Eventually, the family that owned the plot that got fed up with hooligans trespassing on their property and shipped the statue off to Washington D.C. – but her legacy still remains.
5. Fort McHenry
This fort – which lies only a few miles from Hopkins – boasts a long and brutal history. It was the site of the bloody Battle of Baltimore in 1814, numerous battles during the Civil War, and a flu epidemic. Of the numerous souls who perished at the fort, many never left, and can still be seen haunting the grounds today.