The Haunting of John Wilkes’ Grave 2

John Wilkes Booth’s grave seems a likely top attraction for Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery.  The staff is happy to mark the location on a map, and that took us to the family plot, but even so, there was no finding J.W.  What we did find was actually more interesting–pennies.  I noticed a fair collection on an unmarked stone at the corner of the plot.  More were balanced amongst the raised “Booth” lettering on a central stone.  The more we looked, the more pennies we found infiltrating the plot.

Marble tombstone with pennies on top.

Some say this is J.W.’s stone. Some say not. Photo from

Where do they come from…and why?  It’s not hard to guess, but can anyone know for certain?

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Ann Williams’ travel articles have appeared in publications all over the country including The Washington Post, Roads to Adventure, and Jack and Jill. Between researching and writing books, she specializes in creative lectures.

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2 thoughts on “The Haunting of John Wilkes’ Grave

    • breathtakebyways Post author

      Thanks for weighing in Joan! I love this clever penn-morial for Lincoln. Apparently some think the unmarked stone in the photo is for a sister. Steve and my son-in-law tried hard to nail the correct location down, even called the office for a lifeline, but that little white stone never came up as a possibility. I’m sure it’s best that people don’t know exactly where JWB is.