Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore.Â The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established.Â 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.Â 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.Â The Trust was able to raise more than $1.7 million for the renovation of the building, which was completed in 1983.Â The renovated building is now used as a rental facility and is the perfect place to hold a unique and memorable event!
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.
A wonderfully macabre place to get married. Huge pipe organ and crypt tours.
If in the areas it's a definite stop, especially to see Poe's grave site and other notable citizens/founding settlers of Baltimore. Many contributing citizens buried at this cemetery. The Church was not open when we visited and I got the impression it probably is not usually open so do not get disappointed tf you cannot enter, I think that's doubtful. You can get in via Public guided tours which are offered on the 1st and 3rd consecutive Friday (at 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (at 10 a.m.) of each month April - November, the catch is there needs to be enough people to sign up and I'm not sure what that number is.
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.
I've been at Westminster Hall twice for events; Behind the Mustache: The Lives of Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe on the 18th of January 2015. The stage was shared by John Astin (Gomez Addams) and Victoria Price (Mr. Vincent Price's daughter). It was a lovely event celebrating the life of two horror favorites. The second event was on April 16th, 2016. Atlas Obscura's 'Obscura Day', where the group got a tour of a catacombs underneath Westminster Hall. Truly fascinating. The grounds are well looked after, and the volunteer tour guide was very knowledgeable.