Richmond’s enduring icon: the Poe Museum in the Old Stone House

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Richmond’s crown jewel of history isn’t a sprawling mansion but a structure known as the Old Stone House. Built in 1737, the year Richmond was founded, it’s the oldest building still standing in the city. Originally serving as a store and residence, the Old Stone House holds a special place in literary history.

Famed writer Edgar Allen Poe is said to have spent time here during his youth, inspiring the museum’s nickname – the Poe Museum. Today, the Old Stone House offers a glimpse into 18th-century life. Visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms and exhibits dedicated to Poe’s life and works.

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