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Once upon an evening eerie...

On October 8, 2016, revelers joined Edgar Allan Poe and Reisterstown founder John Reister at Reisterstown Branch for A Toast Among Ghosts, a spooky night of fun, food and beer in a historic cemetery.

The Reisterstown Branch was formerly the Franklin Academy (c. 1824), where in 1831, Edgar Allan Poe applied to be the headmaster. He wasn't selected, but maybe it's time Poe returned to one of his old haunts. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849. To honor his life and legacy, we remembered him around the anniversary of his death in a macabre way he'd truly appreciate...in a graveyard!

There was live music by local bands, local food and beer vendors and Poe and Reister impersonators, ghost stories around a fire pit, as well as guided tours through the historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery (est. 1764).

Live music from Ampersand Stringband, Letitia VanSant and Haint Blue.

Food for sale from La Cakerie, Genova's To Go and Chef Mac's Louisiana Cuisine.

In partnership with The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. Thanks to the Reisterstown Community Cemetery, Inc. and the Reisterstown United Methodist Church.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Bransfield Motor Company

Delegate Ben Brooks

Continuing Care Actuaries

Parking: Free parking at the Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main Street in Reisterstown.

Chat with Poe among the graves and make a toast among ghosts!

Tales of the Dead Ghost Story Contest

In 2016, we introduced our Tales of the Dead short horror story contest. To read the winning stories, click on the titles below.

1st Place - Shrinking by Daniel Franklin

2nd Place - The Pest House by Jennifer Miller

3rd Place - The Conqueror Wyrm by Travis Madden

Teen Winner - New Phone by Luke Amaral

2016 Toast Photo Album


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