Anne Spencer House

Anne Spencer House, Lynchburg: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Anne Spencer House Reviews: 4.5/5

Anne Spencer House
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suehere883
Washington61 contributions
A peaceful haven
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were told that you do not have to make a reservation. Since the house is closed anyone can visit the garden during the day. Anne Spencer created such a beautiful peaceful haven during such difficult times. We are so glad we visited Lynchburg especially to visit the garden and it is amazing how many well known people did likewise during her lifetime.
Written August 23, 2021
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twinridge
Charlottesville, VA65 contributions
Garden is indeed nice, but small; 2 weeks notice to see house
Jun 2019 • Couples
We saw the garden and looked into Anne Spencer's writing cabin through the windows. The garden is indeed nice, but this is a city lot, so don't expect something large.
My main point with this review is to advise people that two weeks notice is requested for making a reservation to see the house, so if you're from out-of-town, be advised!
Written June 4, 2019
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elizabeth23416
Salisbury, MD22 contributions
Must-See
Apr 2019 • Business
This is a must-see house. I was lucky enough to visit on Garden Tour Day but this museum and house would be beautiful any time of the year. The house is operated by Anne Spencer's Granddaughter and the house is set up very informally. I felt like I was in Anne Spencer's home and she could walk through the door at any time. Definitely, need to make a reservation to see the house but absolutely worth it.
Written May 10, 2019
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Morgan Carwile
Lynchburg, VA46 contributions
Hidden gem of history
Jan 2018 • Family
Operated by her granddaughter. I highly recommend booking a tour because you learn so much more than just walking the beautiful gardens. Learn about one of the greatest poets and authors. Don't forget to visit her shed in the gardens where she did her writing. Also, please donate to keep this place open!!!
Written December 10, 2018
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ahawkfly
New York City, NY5 contributions
Magical
Jul 2018 • Friends
In the midst of the Jim Crow south, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer created an oasis of dignity and kindness. The house is charming and a tad quirky while the garden is simply splendid. We were enchanted. Many thanks to Ms. White and Ms. Hester for keeping this truth alive.
Written July 9, 2018
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jctgirl
Lynchburg, VA4 contributions
Fun & informative tour
Jun 2018 • Couples
Our group had a fabulous tour of the house and garden with Shaun Spencer Hester, granddaughter of Anne and Edward Spencer.
Lots of Lynchburg and American literary history, beautifully restored gardens.
Written June 18, 2018
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Ken P
5 contributions
Garden is a must see.
Sep 2017 • Couples
The home and gardens are maintained by the poet’s grand daughter with help from the local garden club. The historic tour includes anecdotes about Anne Spencer and other Harlem Renaissance figures who visited her.
Written March 4, 2018
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Cincy R
Dormont, PA25 contributions
Beautiful Garden
Jul 2017 • Family
We stopped by passing through Lynchburg with our family. The house was closed but the Garden was open and it was a very pleasant visit.
Written July 26, 2017
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,222 contributions
The poet of the Harlem Renaissance
Jun 2017
Anne Spencer was the first Virginian and first African American to have her poetry included in the Norton Anthology of American Poetry. She also was a committed activist for equal rights and her house also served as a political center in Lynchburg, Virginia. Located at 1313 Pierce Street, the two-story modified Queen Anne style, shingle residence with a two-bay facade was built in 1903 and served as Spencer's home from 1903 to 1975. The property also includes a large garden and a one-room retreat called Edankraal where Spencer did much of her writing. The first floor includes a living room, dining room, sunroom, front hall and kitchen. The second floor has four bedrooms, a full bath and a sunroom. Interestingly, the front hall reveals themes central to Spencer's life with the use of color and mirrors that create a garden of light and colors on the interior. The house, which played host to such notable figures as Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Written July 15, 2017
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TennaRotor
Birmingham, MI420 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jun 2017 • Friends
The house and gardens have been restored to Anne Spencer' era. Interesting artifacts of the times in the house but the real gem is the restoration of the gardens and her writing building. The gardens have been restored to include the arbor and trellis and pond - all beautifully done. The garden includes her original roses. The street also includes several other historical markers making this an interesting confluence of influential Afro American.
Written June 22, 2017
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