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Edgar Allen Poe Lives @ The Horse You Came in On - Fells Point - Batitmore, MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 16.883 W 076° 35.646
18S E 362508 N 4349213
Quick Description: The oldest continuously running bar in the country is The Horse You Came In On. It is rumored to have been one of Edgar Allen Poe's favorite places to drink. It is also rumored that he had been walking home from this very bar where he died.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 7/31/2008 5:06:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM4B4J
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 142

Long Description:
The Horse You Came In On was said to be a favorite hang out for Edgar Allen Poe. While many speculate he died of alcohol poisoning, the most accepted assumption is that he died of rabies. Even in death, Edgar is known to be a trouble-maker. The chandelier swings by itself and the cash register opens and closes as if it has a life of its own. Many claim that if you deny the presence of Edgar your bar stool will be pulled out from under and beer bottles will be dropped to the floor. I personally spoke with the bar manager and some regulars who verify this story and tell the same accounts of Poe's spirit being troublesome.

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From Wikipedia --> (visit link)
On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning. The bar in which legend says Poe was last seen drinking before his death still stands in Fells Point in Baltimore, Maryland. Now known as The Horse You Came In On, local lore insists that a ghost they call "Edgar" haunts the rooms above.

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From Baltimore Stories --> (visit link)
The Horse You Came In On, a pub on the last street before docks, is rumored to have been one of Edgar Allen Poe’s favorite drinking spots. In fact, one of the female employees, who declined to give her name for superstitious reasons, theorizes that the dark poet, “…had been walking home from The Horse You Came In On when he died”.

She believes it is Edgar Allen Poe’s ghost that resides in this pub. She believes the spirit, which this employee lovingly refers to as “Edgar”, is responsible for strange occurrences throughout the bar.

Aside from having seen the chandelier swing on its own, the bartender also recounts an eerie memory of one morning when she arrived to open the bar and prepare it for the evening. As she walked by the cash register, its drawer opened by itself. She closed the drawer and went about her business. To her surprise, the drawer again opened by itself. Once again, she pushed the drawer closed. Before the bar opened, she would close the drawer twice more in this mysterious exercise.

At the end of her shift as she was leaving, she told the evening bartender about what had happened. To her amazement, he told her that the same thing had happened to him several times in the past.

The employees have since nicknamed their ghost “Edgar” and now speak to him regularly. The female bartender says that when one of these occurrences happens, usually around closing time, she speaks to him, acknowledging his presence. Whatever the source of these phenomena is, the employees at The Horse You Came In On do believe in the existence of spirits, particularly that of the legendary Edgar Allen Poe.

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Located in the heart of Fells Point, The Horse is presently renowned for outstanding live music and an all-around great time. Howard Gerber bought the historic saloon 34 years ago and named it The Horse You Came In On.

But Thursday, after 34 years of memories, Gerber decided to call it quits. A crowd filled Thames Street in downtown Baltimore to see who would buy the Horse. Bidding started at $1 million, and it was finally sold for $1.5 million to John Korologus, owner of the Double-T Diners around the state.

The Horse You Came In On Saloon was established in 1775, making it the oldest running bar in North America. The Horse originated as a saloon with horse stables out back and still maintains a charismatic and historical atmosphere.

1626 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231-3489
Phone: (410) 327-8111

Public access?:
Regular Bar Hours, No Restrictions


Visting hours:
10 AM to 2:00 AM Monday - Saturday They close early on Sunday


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