1897 Poe House


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Poe House Overview

The 1897 Poe House is so named because it was built in the year 1897 and it was the home of the Poe family. The deed of the house is in the name of Josephine Montague Poe, originally from Wake County, who married Edgar Allan Poe in 1880. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Fayetteville and, although has the same name as the famous writer of the macabre, was a local businessman. Learn about life in the first decades of the twentieth century and the changes that defined this era by touring the home of an 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 and the country during this era.

View from the Poe House second floor.

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


Historical Events of the Time Period

  • In 1897, the local paper supported William Jennings Bryan for president. Bryan was defeated by William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901 and succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • In 1897, Pepsi-Cola, concocted by a pharmacist in New Bern, NC named Caleb Bradham, turned one year old.
  • The New York Sun runs the famous editorial "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus."
  • Thomas Edison patented his movie camera Kinetograph.
  • Amelia Earhart is born in Kansas.
  • The first Library of Congress building opens it doors to the public.
  • Elias Carr served as Governor of North Carolina until 1897 when he was replaced by Daniel Russell.
  • Women's suffrage movement continues throughout the United States.
  • The Spanish-American War begins in 1898.