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The Poe Museum : The Cask Of Amontillado

“From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw…”

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is a museum located in Richmond, Virginia, dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe. Poe never actually  lived in this building but he did live and work in the area. It’s a small,tucked away little relic…filled with history.

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The museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of original Poe manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. The museum also provides an overview of early 19th century Richmond, where Poe lived and worked.

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The oldest house still standing in Richmond!

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

The museum hosts “Unhappy Hour” events monthly throughout the year. My favorite one is in the month of October. It’s a perfect time to take a day trip out to Maymont,eat in downtown Richmond and then pop over to the museum! If you are a fan of Poe,like us,this is a must!

Usually there is a theme associated with each event and we’ve been to two,The Cask Of Amontillado (with me,Brian and Ashley)  and The Tell-Tale Heart (me and Brian).

Our first event,The Cask Of Amontillado, was really fun!

Your $6 admission fee gets you in to tour the 3 houses and property. Inside is a Poe lovers dream! His bed,trunk,walking stick,vest and lock of hair on are display here as well as manuscripts and rare early daguerreotypes and portraits. Since it’s a partaaaay you also get to see performances in the Enchanted Garden,play games and have some light foods…like CUPCAKES!

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

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The mirrors in the bathroom were covered in black at this event. We had just came from the Mourning In The Victorian Period tour at Maymont Mansion..so this was perfection.

There are photos ops here for days! Dressing in costume is a must at this event! I think we three ROCKED IT…even if I still don’t know what Brian was!

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

I found my mini me! The gift shop has some awesome items! It’s difficult not to go home with a few cool things!

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They advertised a ghost tour that leaves from the museum so we decided to get in on that! It leads you around Richmond and then back to the Enchanted Garden at the Poe Museum itself. If you haven’t guessed by now…the Poe Museum is supposedly haunted!

Orbs galore….if you believe in that sort of thing 🙂

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

This tour was pretty cool! I knew next to nothing about Richmond so walking tours,whether they are ghost related or not,always help me learn about areas in an interesting way. My poor brain shuts off so fast when I’m not into something.

It was time to hit the road back to Greensboro now so me and Ashley got out of our costumes and found some food! Breakfast food at night is SO good!!

The Poe Museum in Richmond VA is closed on Mondays but is open on Sundays from 11-5 and Tues-Sat from 10-5. The gift shop closes at 4:30. They host a variety of events from these wonderful Unhappy Hour gatherings to Birthday parties for Poe,exhibits of all kinds and film viewing nights. If you are a Poe fan,be sure to check it out!

If you want even more info be sure to check out my next blog on our second trip to The Poe Museum,The Tell-Tale Heart!

Until the next creepy adventure….

~Moonkitty

 

 

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