Museum News

Fifteen Museum Stores Unite for Holiday Shoppers’ Fair

Visit 15 of the Richmond Region’s best museum stores under one roof at the Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers’ Fair this Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 8 at the Library of Virginia at 800 East Broad Street in Richmond, Virgina. Participating Sites include Agecroft Hall, Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, Chesterfield Historical Society, Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Library of Virginia, The Poe Museum, John Marshall House, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, Richmond Railroad Museum, Science Museum of Virginia, The Valentine, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Virginia State Capitol and the Virginia War Memorial. Click here for a schedule.

Histories of the Old Stone House

Ca. 1900 photograph of the Old Stone House

By the time the Poe Museum opened in 1922, its first building, the Old Stone House, was already a Richmond landmark. Over the years, the Poe Museum has received a number of articles related to the history of the building. A great deal has been written about the modest little house, and some of it might actually be true. The house was certainly never Washington’s Headquarters, as the booklet below relates; and Patrick Henry never used it as his office. Powhatan never lived here, either. We do, however, own a photograph of the Wheelbarrow Man (mentioned in the 1894 article below), but we can neither confirm nor deny that he kept a pet bear on the premises. (There was actually a live raven on display here at one point during the Poe Museum’s history.) Here are some interesting articles about the Old Stone House from the century before it became part of the Poe Museum. Just remember not to believe everything you read.

Article about the Old Stone House from the 1896 book Richmond- Virginia- Colonial- Revolutionary- Confederate and the Present

History of the Stone House from book published before 1864. Sent to us by Robert A. Buerlein.

Here is an 1894 booklet once sold from the Old Stone House when it was the Washington’s Headquarters Antiquarium. Not much of this information is factual, but it is amusing. The book was sent to us last week by Joe Valentine.



Spring is here and it has brought with it some NEW shop items.

1. Poe Museum Exclusive Pendents on a silver chain. These pendents come in two colors: Raven Black & Tell Tale Red. (see photo)

2. Poe Museum Soap.

3. Anatomically shaped “Tell-Tale Heart”  lollipops.


The list goes on and on!

Not all of our new merchandise is available online currently so please be sure to stop by the Museum store to see what is new.

New Merchandise Coming Soon!

To all our Poe fanatics out there, the Poe Museum store will have new awesome products coming this Spring! We are always expanding our offerings to include something for every visitor.

We have tons books for all ages, from kids to scholars. The more serious Poe fan can purchase a Poe bust, The kid in you will love to wear your own wax Poe stache, If you love our garden we have may items for you and if you’re just a history buff you can always find items inspired by Poe’s time period with a selection of items from the 19th century.

Check back for updates on what is coming this Spring!