1897 Poe House

 

Guided Tours: Wed-Fri at 11:00 and 1:00 only. Saturday on the hour beginning at 10:00, last tour at 2:00 pm.

**TOURS ARE LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE ON A FIRST COME BASIS. IF YOU WISH TO TAKE A POE HOUSE TOUR PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EARLY AND SIGN UP IN THE MUSEUM LOBBY. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.**

 

Tour Times and Information

Guided tours of the 1897 Poe House are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. On Saturday tours are given on the hour beginning at 10:00, with the last tour at 2:00 pm. Visitors must check in at the Museum of the Cape Fear lobby to sign up for the tour. Tours are limited to 10 people at a time, and visitors must wear a cloth face mask and observe social distancing guidelines.  Suggested donation $2 per adult and $1 per child under age 12 yrs. 

Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth face mask; WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

 


The E.A. Poe Family circa 1910. Seated in front are E.A. Poe and Josephine Poe. Their children from Left to Right: Dixie, James, Josie, Allan, Helen, Hilda, Margaret and Lillie.

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 E.A. Poe family. Mr. E.A. Poe was a local businessman and owner of the Poe Brick Company, not the famous writer of the macabre! The deed of the house is in the name of his wife, Josephine Montague Poe, originally from Wake County, who married Poe in 1880. 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.


Left: Domestic servants, Nancy the cook and Jenny the nurse in the Poe House backyard c.1900; Center: The Poe House c.1900; Right: The Poe Brickyard c.1900-1910

Click to View Our Short Film

"Invoking the Spirits: A Poe House Halloween"

Produced and Directed by Jonathan Hornby Productions

Written by Megan Maxwell, 1897 Poe House Education Coordinator

 

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.
  • Spanish Flu Pandemic 1918-1920.