Cobble-stoned street neighborhood friendliness, taverns haunted by the ghosts of sailors and prostitutes, thick air weighted down by ocean decay, drunken merriment and gregarious intoxication, history and modernity, a northern city in a southern town- "just like Bar Harbor, Maine," a quiet day town at night too loud, hanging into the water, a tiny peninsula where water brings people in and takes them away. Fell's Point, home to Edgar Allen Poe and Michael Phelps.
"The Battle of Baltimore" was a turning point in the War of 1812. The American's defense of Fort McHenry led Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, somewhere out in that water.
Local folklore holds that that Cat's Eye Pub is haunted...though I wasn't able to take the Fell's Point Ghost Walk as it is only offered on Friday and Saturday. Ghosts have the good life. They take Monday through Friday off, working only on the weekends and when Ghosthunters come by.
Rumor has it that Edgar Allen Poe stumbled home drunk from this bar the night that he died. And, of course, he can still be seen falling over the cobblestones on many a Halloween-ish nights.