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Did You Know There Were Several – Yes Several – Men by the Name Edgar A. Poe

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I was invited to visit Fayetteville, NC by the area Convention and Visitors Bureau. I received an all expense paid trip. All opinions are my own.

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Yes, there was more than one – but other than the name, there is absolutely no relationship between them. 

When anyone mentions the name Edgar Allan Poe, only one man comes to mind: the poet and mystery writer who has frightened generations and given the cheesy horror movie industry unending fodder.We are all familiar with the “Never More” Edgar Allan Poe, author of The Raven. That Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and died in 1849. His works include poems, short stories, and one novel. His fiction spans multiple genres, including horror fiction, adventure, science fiction, and detective fiction, a genre he is credited with inventing. He is without a doubt the most famous Edgar Allan Poe. This famous Poe was born in Massachusetts, educated in England and died under mysterious circumstances. 

The (not so) obvious difference between the two is the A and E in the spelling of the middle name. The writer was AllAn and the businessman was AllEn. The writer died in 1849 and the businessman was not born until 1858. There was actually a third Edgar A. Poe born in the mid-1800’s in Lenoir, NC but he isn’t part of this post although his home is also a museum.

This post is really about the Fayetteville, NC Poe. Not just because I was fascinated when I learned about him but to let you know about another great spot to visit in Fayetteville. On my recent visit to Fayetteville, NC I learned about this other Edgar Allen Poe when I visited The 1897 Poe House Museum.

Edgar Allen Poe was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He became a wealthy businessman who built a successful brick and pottery operation at the bottom of Haymount Hill. He was a family man and teetotaler who helped pull the city out of the depths of post-Civil War misery. The home he built in 1897 at the top of the hill, overlooking the city of Fayetteville, was far ahead of it’s time. 

I recently wrote about many of the things that a family can do in the Fayetteville area and you can add the 1897 Poe House to the list of must-see museums.

Wrap Around Porch

Tour Times

  • Tuesday through Friday: 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, & 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: Every hour on the hour beginning at 10:00 AM with the last tour at 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Every hour on the hour beginning at 1:00 PM with the last tour at 4:00 PM
  • Admission is free

You will learn about life in the first decades of the twentieth century and the changes that defined the era by touring the home of this affluent Fayetteville businessman and his family. Tours highlight women’s roles, African American history, children’s roles, and technological, economic, and social changes in southern North Carolina.

Poe’s daughter Lily lived in the home until her death and at that time the house was given to the state of North Carolina to be used as a museum (1987). The house was refurbished and is now part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Tours offer a glimpse of life in upper-middle class homes during the early twentieth century and highlight changes that defined that era. 

The architecture is beautiful and depicts the time period. I enjoyed walking through and looking at the different rooms and imagining what life was like during the time period.

Beautiful Woodwork on Wrap Around Porch

The staff of the Cape Fear Museum handles the tours and are very knowledgeable of the family and the restoration of the home. There are many items that belonged to the Poe family still in the home and you will get a great look at how the upper class lived during the times.

Nanny”s Bedroom Connected to Nursery

The kids will appreciate so much more of what they have when they see how wealthy children lived in the past.

Child’s Bedroom

If you would like to know more about what you can see and do in Fayetteville, NC, you might like to read:

Dining Around Fayetteville – The Food of Fayetteville, NC – Surprisingly Delicious

A Salute to Fayetteville, NC – A Perfect Family Friendly Place to Visit

TownePlace Suites Fayetteville at Cross Creek – A Great Hotel

 

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