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Westminster Hall

519 W. Fayette Street

Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore.  The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established.  The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe, General Sam Smith, and General James McHenry.

To avoid disturbing the existing graves, the original church building was constructed on brick piers above some of the tombs, creating catacombs, which can be toured by visitors.  The church's congregation disbanded in 1977 and the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established to take care of the building and the grounds.  The Trust was able to raise more than $1.7 million for the renovation of the building, which was completed in 1983.  The renovated building is now used as a rental facility and is the perfect place to hold a unique and memorable event!


Julia Reil

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds is a small but fascinating graveyard. There are tombstones that date back to the 1700s. Edgar Allan Poe is buried here along with a number of other notable people.

Dustin parr

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Just happened by this place and saw eager Alan Poe barial site, and got interested, but fell in love with the building and architecture while here. Definitely worth a gander if in the area.


Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Normally I won't stay long in a cemetery whenever in my country except Tomb-sweeping Festival. Before today's visit, I thought graveyards are kind of terrifying. After visiting Poe's house, I came to Westminster Hall & Burying Ground to salute Edgar Allan Poe. Out of surprise, I luckily met the caretaker of the church and led me to my historic trail through the cemetery and the film played in the basement of Westminster Hall built in 1852. It was my first time that staying in a graveyard without fear. This place, which was where Baltimore's history Rests in Peace, is worthy of paying a visit. You will be more interested in Baltimore's history after visiting here. BTW, the church inside is gorgeous and peaceful.

Randon Ceccoli

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Surreal/quiet/interesting and free!

Catherine Waller

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Informative plaques scattered throughout the grounds for a nice self-guided tour. Personal tours were way to expensive to consider. Should have more ready access to catacombs.

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