It is good that I am not superstitious. During my visit to Richmond, Virginia last week, I knocked over the salt (and pepper) at breakfast, wheeled under a ladder and, upon arriving at the Poe Museum, crossed paths with not one but two black cats.
Though I made jokes about Edgar Allan Poe’s curse of misfortune rubbing off on me at every opportunity, I really did have a wonderful trip — my first visit to Virginia’s capital city since kindergarten.
The Poe Museum, housed inside of Richmond’s oldest remaining residential building, was made partially accessible using a series of portable wheelchair ramps owned by the museum. Through the exhibits which feature the author’s original notes, furniture and other possessions, I was able to learn so much more about his life and legacy than I had previously known.
I left the museum inspired to explore more of Poe’s writing — beyond The Raven, and a few short stories that I had been exposed to in school. I have since ordered a hardcover copy of the Greatest Works of Edgar Allan Poe, and look forward to discovering something new over a cup of coffee on the weekends.
Richmond Region Tourism invited me to visit with the goal of developing accessible travel resources not only for readers like you, but also for the disabled athletes who will converge on the city in April for the National Wheelchair Basketball Championships. The city is working hard to prepare for these important visitors, and I had the opportunity to address a meeting of the region’s hotel managers.
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