The 1897 Poe House, while not spectacular, provides a historical perspective of one of Fayetteville's prominent citizens during the late 1890s and early 1900s. The Poe family owned a couple of brickyards in town which allowed them to own the extensive home. I decided to stop here to see the home decked out for Halloween, as it was decorated in traditional items of the time (such as a Ouija board which I thought was a modern invention).
They offer tours of the home, which is located adjacent to the Museum of Cape Fear. There was a sign that stated to pick up the ticket for a tour at the museum, however the guide stopped me and allowed me in without it. The tours are free regardless. The house has two floors and a separate kitchen. Listening to the history and anecdotes of the Poe Family was worth it. They had chandeliers installed that were designed for electricity prior to electricity available in the area. Candles were used initially with electric bulbs coming later.
While the first floor is handicap assessable (there is a ramp in the back), there is no elevator to get to the second floor. For those who are unable to go upstairs for that portion of the tour, photos and chairs are available in the hallway. There are two sets of stairs, one that the servants used and the other for the family. Some of the items belonged to the Poe family, while others are from the same era.
There is a small backyard with a herb garden and a playhouse the kids used. Some of the bricks are from the arsenal which was in town before being destroyed during the US Civil War. Parking is available behind the museum as well as in front of the Poe House.
If you are in Fayetteville, I would recommend stopping here especially when it is decked out for the holidays or other special event.
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