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PostSubject: Western Burial Ground, Westminster Presbyterian Churchyard (Baltimore, MD)   Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:09 pm

"t is called the Old Western Burial Ground and it holds the remains of people like Edgar Allan Poe, the son of Francis Scott Key, the grandfather of President James Buchanan, five former mayors of Baltimore and fifteen generals from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

The catacombs of this cemetery are located beneath Haunted Westminster Hall, and have long been the subject of ghostly tales. Many tell the tale of people buried alive and their ghost trying to show others of their plight. Don't forget the unexplained mystery of Poe himself. Many say they have seen him felt him and talked to him. Dressed completely in black, including a black fedora and a black scarf to hide his face, he carries a silver cats head walking stick and strolls into the cemetery every year on or around January 19, the birth date of Edgar Allan Poe.

Legend has it that the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe has been seen near his grave and in the catacombs of the church. The author died mysteriously in Baltimore and thus came to be buried there. He had lived in the city years before, but had only been passing through when he perished under mysterious circumstances. At the time of his death, Poe had been on his way to New York to meet his beloved mother-in-law.

He was bringing her back to Richmond, Virginia, where the author was to marry his childhood sweetheart. His first wife had perished from tuberculosis years before. The trip came to a tragic conclusion when, four days after reaching Baltimore, Poe was found barely conscious and lying in a gutter on East Lombard Street. He was rushed to a hospital but he died a short time later. The entire time in the hospital was spent with Poe crying and trembling and he once screamed the name "Reynolds"... although who this could have been also remains a mystery. He died on October 7, 1849.

A very old ghost story about the cemetery tells that this is where a skull known as the screaming skull of Cambridge, Maryland is buried. The haunted skull is said to be of a murdered minister. The Skull screams all night and day. That's why they hey buried the skull bound and gagged in a block of cement. To hear it scream they say will drive you mad!

Leona Wellesley the ghost of a wild crazed Lunatic buried in a straight jacket straight from the asylum is here too. Locals say her mad laugh and the feeling of being followed through the cemetery by her is ever present. And if you don't respect the well kept graves in this haunted cemetery then old Valence a long dead Western Burial Ground Cemetery Keeper and Gravediggers ghost will chase you out of this haunted Cemetery with a shovel in hand. Valences ghost is said to be a drunk ghost and will cuss you out or try to bury you alive .Visitors to the cemetery are advised to go there at their own risk."

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