SMP Event:
  • Westminster Hall and Burial Ground
  • Team building project
Date & Time:
  • June 30, 2006
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Members in Attendance:
  • Kim, Buzz, Weasel, Brian, Keri, Teresa, Jason
Equipment:
  • Camera
  • Audio Recorders
Heading:
  • Clear skies with waxing crescent moon

    Time: Felt Like: Dew Point: Humidity: Pressure:
    8:00pm 80ºF 51ºF 35% 30.06 ↑
    ** Sunset at 8:37pm **
    9:00pm 80ºF 53ºF 39% 30.06 →
    10:00pm 78ºF 54ºF 73% 30.08 ↑
History of the Property:
  • The burial grounds are one of the oldest in Baltimore; a Presbyterian congregation originally purchased it in 1786. At the time it was populated with very famous people of the time like Edgar Allen Poe.



  • The church was constructed on arches over the tombs, creating catacombs below the building. This was 60 years after the burial ground was established. The construction was completed in the church in 1852 and remained activity used until 1977.



Hauntings:
  • An old man, possibly a past caretaker, occupies the catacombs and doesn’t like visitors. Witnesses have seen an apparition of the old man and EVPs have been recorded of a voice asking you to leave.
Edgar Allan Poe:
  • Edgar Allen Poe died in Baltimore in 1849 and the story goes he was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1860 he was given the headstone shown below. This was the original location of the Poe remains.



  • During the late 1800 students from the location area raised $75 in pennies to have Poe remains moved to a more suitable area at the front of the cemetery. The monument shown below was dedicated in 1875; years after Poe’s wife’s remains were moved to Westminster. The picture below shows some of our team at that time, around the monument. Visitors still have coins at both Poe’s old and new headstones. The funds raised from these donations are used to help maintain the church and cemetery.



Activities:
  • The University of Maryland School of Law in association with the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc hosted the SMP tour. Lucy, our guide, presented us with a 30-minute history of the burial grounds, church, and Edgar Allen Poe. We then explored the catacombs, tombs and exterior graves.



  • The University of Maryland School of Law in association with the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc hosted the SMP tour. Lucy, our guide, presented us with a 30-minute history of the burial grounds, church, and Edgar Allen Poe. We then explored the catacombs, tombs and exterior graves.



  • Just above, the picture on the left is an enhanced view of the inside of one of the family tombs beneath the church. An iron casket is visible on the left.
  • Above, the picture on the right shows how families were often buried together. This was very common as disease would kill very young children from the same family.




  • Tombs are located both underneath the church and outside on the surrounding grounds.