From time to time, we come across a few traditions. This one in particular caught our attention: the tradition of the “Poe Toaster.”
What is it?
For over seven decades a mysterious person would arrive at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe on his birthday, toast the author with a glass of cognac, then leave 3 roses and the unfinished bottle of cognac behind. But for the third straight year, the Poe Toaster has been a no-show.
This mysterious visitor has been described as wearing dark clothes, a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat. They come in the middle of the night. Some say it could be a father/son combo, which is why the tradition has continued for so long. Die-hard fans have been gathering each year to catch a glimpse, but since 2009, the toaster has not appeared.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Edgar Allan Poe, he is most famous for his poem, “The Raven” and short stores such as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and The Pendulum.” His death is still unclear, but he’s buried in Westminster Burial Ground, which is now downtown Baltimore. Hence the pro football team name: Baltimore Ravens.
So what do you think of this tradition? Have you heard of it? What other mysterious traditions do you want to share with the community? Tell us below!
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