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1897 Poe House Dressed in Mourning

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The 1897 Poe House is dressed in mourning. Dixie Poe Sutton, one of the Poe's six daughters, died after giving birth in 1913. It is likely the family held her wake in the house. Eventually, care of the dead began moving from the home parlor to the funeral parlor during the early 20th century. Visitors on regularly scheduled tours of the Poe House will see a wake scene in the parlor, crepe-covered mirrors, floral offerings, and other mourning traditions typical of an upper-middle class home during the 1910s. In conjunction with this event is the Museum of the Cape Fear's ongoing exhibition, "Parlor to Parlor: Funeral Traditions of the Cape Fear, 1850 - 1950," examining funerary practices in late-19th/early-20th century North Carolina.

Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Places

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
Sat, Oct 22 at 10am, - 5pm
Tue, Oct 25 thru Sat, Oct 29 at 10am, - 5pm
Wed, Nov 2 thru Fri, Nov 4 at 10am, - 5pm
Sat, Nov 5 at 10am, - 5pm
Tue, Nov 8 thru Sat, Nov 12 at 10am, - 5pm
Sun, Oct 23 at 1pm, - 5pm
Sun, Oct 30 at 1pm, - 5pm
Sun, Nov 6 at 1pm, - 5pm
Sun, Nov 13 at 1pm, - 5pm

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