Anne Spencer House, Museum, and Garden

Historical Significance:

Poet Anne Spencer lived and worked in her Pierce Street home from 1903 until her death in 1975. Internationally recognized as a poet of the Harlem Renaissance period, Spencer was the first Virginian and the first African American to have her poetry included in the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: Early Twentieth Century Through Contemporary.

Spencer was an activist for equality and educational opportunities for all. At her home she hosted dignitaries in the arts, education, science, politics and law, including Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Weldon Johnson, and W.E.B. Dubois. The local chapter of the NAACP was founded from her home.

Anne Spencer was an avid gardener, and built a one-room structure on the property which she called Edankraal, a retreat where she did much of her writing. The retreat was named by combining her first name (Anne) with that of her husband (Ed) in a pun on "Eden," adding the South African term "Kraal" or dwelling.

Physical Description:

The Anne Spencer home is a two-story clapboard house, built in 1903. The structrure includes a living room, dining room, sun room, front hall with a phone booth, and kitchen on the ground level; four bedrooms and a sun room on the second floor, and a third floor, still used by grandchildren and closed to the public.

The home occupies a double lot which contains the restored garden and the garden retreat Edankraal. All furnishings, books and the numerous photographs and memorabilia are original.

Geographical and Contact Information

1313 Pierce Street
Lynchburg, Virginia
Phone: 804-845-1313
Fax: 804-846-8416


Welcome to the Garden

Welcome to the Garden

This is the no smoking gate that adorns Edenkraal. View File Details Page

Ann Spencer House

Ann Spencer House

Anne Spencer House as seen from the street. | Source: The Ann Spencer House and Gardens View File Details Page

Source: The Ann Spencer House and Gardens Museum View File Details Page

Anne Spencer

Anne Spencer

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 Ann Spencer Gardens

Ann Spencer Gardens

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Anne Spencer

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Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Anne Spencer House, Museum, and Garden,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 19, 2019,

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