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Edgar Allen Poe and the Poe Museum Honored by Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark Program with Restoration Effort About the Museum Called “America’s Shakespeare” Edgar Allan Poe created or mastered the short story, detective fiction, science fiction, lyric poetry and the horror story. His dark genius has invited children and adults to read and love literature for over 150 years. Richmond’s Poe Museum boasts the world’s finest collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. The Poe Museum provides a retreat into early nineteenth century Richmond where Poe lived and worked. The museum features the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe by documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse, and focusing on his many years in Richmond. Opened in 1922, in The Old Stone House, the museum is only blocks away from Poe’s first Richmond home and his first place of employment, the Southern Literary Messenger.