AUR 2019

Walking Tours

Learn about historic Baltimore while catching up with colleagues and friends during the AUR Research and Education Foundation’s Annual Meeting Fundraiser. Tours depart from the Hilton lobby.


Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-7:30am
Edgar Allan Poe's Gravesite and Old Baltimore
Tour departs from the Hilton lobby. 

“And so being young and dipped in folly, I fell in love with melancholy.”

So wrote the ever-dark Edgar Allan Poe in 1829 in his poem Romance. Rather than heed his macabre words (after all, Poe also wrote “The believer is happy; the doubter is wise”), we'll take a more light-hearted walk to his gravesite at Westminster Hall near the University of Maryland Medical complex. Along the way, we'll pass by and learn about the one of the nation's first hangover cures (Bromo Seltzer), the nation's oldest medical building still in use (Davidge Hall) and why the procurement of cadavers was so critical and shady, and of course a little about Poe and the Baltimore of his day. Let the debate rage over whether Poe rightfully belongs to Boston (his birthplace), Richmond (his childhood home), Philadelphia and New York (where he wrote much of his work), or Baltimore (where he died): In the end, we’ve got the body!

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:00pm
George Washington Slept Here! A Walk through History in a
Charming Pre-Civil War Baltimore Neighborhood.
Tour departs from the Hilton lobby. 

For a diminutive neighborhood squeezed alongside Orioles' Camden Yards, Ridgely’s Delight contains a supremely oversized history. Babe Ruth was born here and George Washington slept here. Really.

Its major road, Washington Boulevard, was once the main highway from Washington to Philadelphia. The area’s conversion from rural acreage into a residential community began in earnest in the 1820s, shortly after Baltimore fended off the British in the War of 1812. On this tour, we'll explore some central aspects of our nation's history, including the founding of American railroading and the first bloodshed of the Civil War, and get a sense of what it's like to live in a charming 200- year-old inner-city neighborhood.
*This tour will end at the Pratt Street Ale House, located once block from the Hilton Baltimore. Food and drinks are not included in the registration fee.

The cost of each tour is $25 per person. To register for the walking tours, please download the registration form and fax it to AUR, 630-571-2198. Registration can also be taken over the phone by contacting the AUR office, 1-877-776-2636.