The Anne Spencer House and Garden is the only restored garden of an African American in the United States of America. The Hillside Garden Club began restoration of the Anne Spencer Garden in 1983, and the Garden Club of Virginia won two Commonwealth Awards for their restoration efforts in the historic Spencer Garden, in 1985 and 2009. The Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum is a Virginia Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Spencer residence reopened its doors as a House Museum in 1977 and is the only intact house museum of an African American in the United States. Anne spent many hours in the flower garden and cottage. Edward, her husband, handcrafted objects and adorned the garden with a black gothic fence and a fountain head named Prince Ebo, a gift from W.E.B. Dubois. Harlem luminaries have walked these garden paths. Anne wrote poetry and prose in the garden and planted by sunlight, moonlight, and candlelight. The two worked together to cultivate four garden rooms and took immense pleasure in spending time together traveling to New York parks, national arboretums, and Virginia Byways to acquire rare and native flora. Anne cultivated a black poppy and narcissus. She ordered roses from flower and seed catalogs and purchased nasturtium packets from the ten-cent store. Farmers driving wagons downtown to the city farmers market shared seeds and plants with Anne when she jumped onto the wayback in order to boycott segregated seating on public transportation. The Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, Inc., and Hillside Garden Club have benefited from the guidance and preservation assistance of the Garden Conservancy. The 40-year-long story of the restoration and maintenance of the historic garden is documented in Jane Baber White's book, Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden (2011, out of print). The award-winning book, Half My World (2003), by Rebecca Frischkorn and Reuben Rainey, explores the history and design of the garden and its influence on her work as a poet. The Anne Spencer Garden is open to the public year round, sunrise to sunset. The Anne Spencer House and Garden will also be open for tours on "Garden Day in Virginia," April 26, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From April 27 through October 31, 2022, tours are by appointment only. Call two weeks in advance to schedule your tour at 434-845-1313. annespencermuseum.com
Open Days 2022: Saturday, April 23
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free.
- New garden or feature
- This garden allows photography
Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, VA, 24504