Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum


The Anne Spencer House, in Lynchburg, VA, was the home of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer from 1903 - 1975. Anne Spencer was the first Virginian and first African-American to have her poetry included in the Norton Anthology of American Poetry. She was also a committed activist for equal rights, and her house and garden served as a political center of the community, as well as inspiration for her poetry.

In 2008, the Garden Conservancy assumed an advisory role with the Hillside Garden Club for the rehabilitation of the garden, including restoration of the pergola and pool. The Garden Conservancy’s 2019 “Giving Tuesday” fundraising campaign was for the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum.

In 2020, Anne Spencer’s granddaughter Shaun Spencer-Hester was included in a Garden Conservancy panel discussion on inclusive interpretation of gardens for the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) conference.

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