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“Good representation of period local history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of 1897 Poe House

1897 Poe House
206 Bradford Ave, Fayetteville, NC 28301-5404
(910) 486-1330
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Fayetteville
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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“Good representation of period local history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“Great place to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Visited in Oct 2012 on a friday. 2 adults with 16 yo teen. Visit was free. Tours are at 11,1,& 3. Tour guide was funny, kind and knowlegable. House was decorated for halloween for the time period which was especially interesting. The tour entertained the whole family. Highly recommend for all. Very handicap friendly.

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“Poe house”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

so beautiful and very informitive, not the home of the famous poet, but an area business man. But the home was very well maintain through the years and well kept.

Visited July 2012
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“Its okay to pass time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

I was bored one day and decided to check it out. Wasnt so bad-just a house to walk around in and see stuff.

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“great tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

It was very interesting about the family and house. The tour guide was amazing, she was only a high school senior, but she knew her history. Even had a ghost experience their while I was there.

Visited March 2012
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