By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 19, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the anniversary of the birth of the man who maybe America’s most well-known writer.


Today would be Edgar Allan Poe’s 215th birthday, and for over 70 years an anonymous visitor came to the Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds on January 19th every year to make a toast, leaving the unfinished bottle of cognac and three roses on the grave. 

The “Poe Toaster” last made his appearance on the bicentennial of Poe’s birth in 2009, but there’s always hope someone will raise a glass to the Gothic master tonight.

Poe is the first well-known American writer to be able to make an actual living from his works. His popular short stories and poems were filled with mystery and chills. 

He is credited with the invention of the detective story, as well as being a central figure in the Gothic and Romantic genres.

The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is in Baltimore, Maryland, as is his infamous gravesite and the bar where he was drinking before collapsing to his death in the street.  But you can also visit Poe sites in Boston where he was born, Philadelphia where he had 4 different residences, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in the Bronx, and his (short-lived) dorm room at the University of Virginia.  Nevermore.

EDITOR’s NOTE:  Did you know relatives of Edgar Allan Poe currently reside here in the Loveland/Goshen community? It’s true, they do.

Colton’s map of Baltimore is shown here from 1855.

City of Baltimore Map – 1855 (Credit Steve Koavacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.