Every year on January 19th since about 1949, a mysterious man has come and paid tribute to the writer Edgar Allen Poe on his birthday. The man known as the “Poe Toaster” would leave three roses and a bottle of cognac on the gravesite of Edgar Allen Poe. But in 2010 and again in 2011, the Poe Toaster was a no-show. Why?
Sadly, we have no clear cut answer. The original Poe-toaster may have passed away themselves or they may have been scared away from all the attention. There have been stake outs, hidden cameras and bystanders at the gravesite in the wee hours of the morning on January 19th trying to catch a glimpse of the Poe Toaster. But there is also much speculation that the Poe Toaster isn’t just one man, that it may have been several different people throughout the year. But the last two years, there has been no Poe-Toaster. Although that wasn’t for a lack of trying. It’s been reported that several fake Poe-Toasters have tried to come in to the graveyard dressed as the Poe-Toaster to take over the tribute but they have been deemed imposters by the curator of the Poe museum.
Check out this great piece about the search for the Poe Toaster right here making the mystery on par with that of Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster.