“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” — Edgar Allan Poe

Virginia Poe Bicentennial

Virginia Poe Bicentennial events are virtual unless otherwise noted. Subscribe to Poe Baltimore on YouTube!

A most poetical year to honor the beloved wife of Edgar Allan Poe.
Virginia Poe Bicentennial

Monthly events and programs in 2022

  Edgar Allan Poe famously claimed the "death of a beautiful woman"  the most poetical subject in the world. The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe (1822 - 1847,) almost certainly inspired this belief. Muse, poetess, child bride, daughter of Baltimore, Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author's history. Commemorating the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe's beloved wife, the Virginia Poe Bicentennial will include monthly virtual and in-person programs including grave-side chats, hidden history, discussion series, and exhibits. January Event:

Meet Virginia: A Death Day Commemoration, January 30 (virtual event, Facebook Live & YouTube)

Meet Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe's devoted wife (and first cousin.) Born August 15th, 1822, she died January 30th, 1847 and was buried in New York. Several years his junior, Virginia preceded her doomed husband in death. And yet here she lies in Baltimore, forevermore next to her darling Eddy at Westminster Hall & Burial Ground.  Join us for a graveside chat at Westminster where we'll share the history of this obscure-yet-important figure in Edgar Allan Poe's family story and learn about why the Poes had such a hard time finding a permanent place to rest their bones. 7PM Eastern.
This is the first of several monthly programs; follow us on social media to be alerted when events are happening! The Virginia Poe Bicentennial is presented by Poe Baltimore, Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, Maryland Women's Heritage Center, the Poe Cottage at Fordham (Bronx, NYC,) with generous help and participation from Poe Studies Association, The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and The Poe Museum (Richmond.)


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