Monday, June 20, 2016

The Poe Museum

Pierce invested a lot of time over the past couple of months memorizing the entirety of Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven.  He's read a few books on Poe as well.  So on our way back from DC, I surprised him with a detour by the Poe Museum in Richmond.
 Although Poe didn't live in this house (the houses he lived in in Richmond were all torn down), the house is quite historic, and they had a number of items from Poe inside (like his childhood bed).  No pictures were allowed in the buildings. 

This was taken in the courtyard.  Supposedly there are two black cats living there, but we were not lucky enough to see either of them.
Before leaving, Pierce recited The Raven for the customers in the museum gift shop, and they all applauded enthusiastically.  He bought a tiny plastic raven that says 'Nevermore' as a souvenir.

19 comments:

Tom said...

such a literary fellow

PioneerPreppy said...

I never was much of a Poe fan but Pierce reciting the poem for strangers is impressive!!!!

Out on the prairie said...

I like the recitation, what a brave and brilliant lad.Been thinking of them when I see eagles.

Steve Surratt said...

Congrats to Pierce for his performance. I didn't realize the Poe Museum was in Richmond.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That's so cool that Pierce recited the poem there at Poe's museum! They used to include a view of Poe's room in a tour at UVA--don't know if they still do.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so impressed with Pierce and his deep interests in the literary world! WOW. And what a sweet surprise from his Mama! Love this!

Sally said...

That little Pierce is so intelligent! I always enjoy hearing about him. Those are great pics and I'm glad you were able to do that for him. :)

Ginny Hartzler said...

Tell Pierce I am really impressed with him! The poem is not short. Perhaps he will now branch out into other poetry, too.This might have been a big encouragement. I wish I had seen his recital and applause! HEY, maybe if you ever get stumped for a post, you can video him reciting it for us. I would love that!The plastic raven is the perfect souvenir. Also, you can see his dorm room at U.V.A. It is rather spooky, I'm sure Pierce would love it. We went to this house when we were in Richmond!This was a few years ago, and they let me take pictures! Do they still have that big cardboard picture of Poe that you can take your picture with? We took pictures for the blog and it looks like you are standing with Poe! If I can find it, I will send it to you, and you can see if it fools him!

Angie said...

What a lovely outing and all our thumbs up to Pierce - you are so very clever!

alissa apel said...

That's so cool that he got to say The Raven for some of the customers. I bet that made him happy when they clapped.

What a fun stop for them.

It's too bad they wouldn't let you take pictures inside. I get bummed when I go to The Rose Theater, and can't photograph what it is that I'm reviewing. I get it. It's just kind of a bummer.

DMS said...

I love that he recited The Raven. I can imagine that was quite the hit. :)
~Jess

Lin said...

WOW! I am impressed that Pierce knows that poem so well! Looks like a great adventure and a learning trip too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

How exciting for Pierce to visit the museum and so awesome that he recited the poem for the customers in the gift shop. Way to go Pierce!

Harry Flashman said...

The kids might like The Confederate Museum in Richmond. It has a lot of good displays from that period of history.

mail4rosey said...

Love that he got due appreciation! Way to go, Pierce!

Linda said...

Looks like fun! Good for Pierce!

Michelle said...

I am impressed that Pierce recited The Raven! That is fantastic!

Terra Heck said...

Looks like it would be an interesting and educational place to visit.

Annette said...

So cool. Congrats to Pierce on his performance. I was a huge Poe fan, but I never memorized any of his works. What a cool museum. This is definitely a must when I'm in the area...