In April, a very special guest darkened our doorstep: intrepid traveler, history buff and E. A. Poe fan, Pam King. Pam journeyed to us all the way from Pekin, IL, for a special tour of Poe’s Baltimore, making sure to stop at some great sites such as Poe’s grave and the Annabel Lee Tavern (fortuitous, too, that she had a chance to visit before it closed this month. Sadness!) One additional stop: a visit to the bronze Poe statue at Gordon Plaza. More on this shortly.
Pam visited us here at The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum no less than twice during her trip, and she proved to be one of our most enthusiastic and happy guests. We in turn were very happy to round out her Poe pilgrimage. During her visit, Pam shared with us that one of her many hobbies is stone rubbing, including gravestones and markers. She pulled out a few of her pieces for us to see. It’s a truly fascinating process, and the rubbings that Pam creates are on mesh-textured fabric rather than paper.
Pictures were taken with plenty of smiles to go around and Pam returned home. Not two weeks later I received notice of a very special gift waiting for us at UPS: Pam had donated to the house one of the marker rubbings she created during her visit to Gordon Plaza! I forgot to take a picture of the tube when we received it, but we had the mesh framed and I documented the final unwrapping below:
This gift is a wonderful addition to The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum and it is one of the first things visitors see as they cross our threshold. Very special thanks to Pam King for her lovely work and this gift for Poe fans to enjoy for years to come.