In addition to noting the change of season, I have spent some time reading wonderful blogs and articles about costumes for the fast-approaching All Hallows' Eve. While I have really never been one to dress up for Halloween, I do love the focus on ghosts, spirits, and things that frighten. I'm not sure why. But I like curling up with a good, scary book and listening for things that go bump in the night. This year I have thought about ordering a few new decorations. During that search for decorations, I have run across more than one Raven themed item.
I am referring to the bird that Poe made frightening in his writings. As I pondered Edgar Allan Poe and his ominous bird I realized how many opportunities for ghostly travel destinations there are in this region. There are far too many to list in one article, so I will only share a few.
I will begin with the Baltimore Edgar Allan Poe house. Instead of telling you about it, I will show you this three minute tour of the area and the house:
Yes, Poe lived in many places throughout the mid-Atlantic and north east regions. But he lived in this row house for a bit and eventually passed away while in Baltimore. He is buried locally. The Baltimore Poe House has had difficulty remaining open due to funding, location of the home (in a difficult section of town and off the tourist path). It is currently open to the public on weekends. Thank you mnolanporter for this video glimpse of the home and the surrounding area. After watching the video late last night, I read Poe's short story Berenice. That short and morbid story put me in the mood for more scary stories.
Are you in the ghostly mood yet? Do you enjoy ghost walk tours? I am and I do. Here are three highly recommended places to walk with ghosts:
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is a small town with many reasons to visit; history, architecture, and a stopping spot for the hikers of the Appalachian Trail. I love visiting for the day. When I stay for a longer period of time, I will take the highly recommended Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry.
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