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The Enchanted Garden

History of the Garden

The Poe Museum opened to the public in 1922, featuring the Old Stone House and Enchanted Garden.  The Museum's Founders were inspired by Poe’s poem “To One in Paradise.”

Enchanted Garden Painting, 1924, Painted by S. Shelton

Thou wast that all to me, love,

For which my soul did pine—

A green isle in the sea, love,

A fountain and a shrine,

All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,

And all the flowers were mine.

*Painting of the Enchanted Garden, 1924 by S. Shelton, Poe Museum Collection

Enchanted Garden Highlights

The stone benches sitting along the edges of the garden were taken from the Yarrington Boarding house, which was located near the Capitol along Bank Street (the site where Poe married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia). Ivy taken from Eliza Poe’s grave at St. John’s Church creates a border around the garden.

Garden with Shasta DasiesVisitors may also notice shards of broken glass atop the garden walls. This early version of a security device can be found in Poe’s short story “William Wilson”. Towering above the back of the garden is our Hackberry tree which was planted in the 1920’s.

One of our greatest highlights in the garden is, of course, the Poe Shrine. The Shrine was built of bricks and building materials from the office of the Southern Literary Messenger where Poe was employed and which was located just a few blocks from the museum. Inside the Shrine sits a “pallid bust” of Poe greeting visitors from all over the world.

Edgar  the Poe Museum Cat in the FlowersThe Poe Museum is also home to two black cats, Edgar and Pluto, who roam the garden.  Click here to learn more about our resident cats!

The Enchanted Garden serves as the backdrop for a variety of events throughout the year including weddings, Unhappy Hours, the Birthday Bash, and other special events. For more information on garden rentals or to book your event, see our Garden Rentals page.

Support the Enchanted Garden

The Poe Museum Enhanted Garden maintenance is proudly supported by donors and sponsors.  Please consider donating to the Enchanted Garden today!

We would like to thank the following Sponsors and Partners:

Garden Club of Virginia logo

Southern States Sponsor LogoRichmond Garden Trail