June 8, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Tell-Tale Tour of Baltimore begins June 15

Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Museum this summer joins the Greater Baltimore History Alliance and the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association to present the Tell-Tale Tour of Baltimore, a scavenger hunt encouraging visitors to explore Edgar Allan Poe’s Baltimore by visiting local history museums. Those who collect a Raven Trail Guide stamp at five or more participating attractions could win one of several prizes. The event is offered in conjunction with Baltimore’s citywide Poe festival, Nevermore 2009.

A special tour offered at Homewood and Mount Clare Museum House features Poe’s 1840 essay criticizing Americans’ decorative shortcomings. In the tongue-in-cheek tour, which will be offered from June 15 to Sept. 30, visitors will be able to contrast a finely decorated period home with the master-of-the-macabre’s opinions about good taste in furnishings. Tours at Homewood begin on the half-hour, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Mount Clare’s are on the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.