The city of Baltimore has cut all funding towards the maintenance of the home of Edgar Allan Poe. The house, which is run by the city, hasn’t received funding since a package of spending cuts and tax increases was passed in Summer 2010. The house has been run using monies collected over the years by curator Jeff Jerome. According to Baltimore Planning Director Tom Stosur, the city is looking for a plan to make the museum self-sustaining and received four bids. A similar home in which Poe lived in Philadelphia is run by the National Parks Service.
The city of Baltimore will be holding a funeral for Edgar Allan Poe beginning on October 7, 2009. The Poe house will be open for viewing from noon to 11pm. At midnight on October 8, a vigil will begin at the Poe Monument at Westminster Graveyard, lasting until 7am. A funeral procession and two services will be held on October 11. Poe’s eulogy will be given by editor Ellen Datlow.