Yew trees can thrive for hundreds of years and are often found in cemeteries. The yew that was cut down in 2007 possibly pre-dated the construction of St. John's Church, which was constructed in 1741. "Eliza" Poe was a local actress who died in 1811 at the age of 24, possibly of tuberculosis. Her son Edgar was not yet three years old.
The new yew tree will be dedicated at noon on October 30. What better day to commemorate a graveyard location associated with the life of Edgar Allan Poe? This year also marks the 200th anniversary of Eliza Poe's death. St. John's Church is one of Richmond's oldest and most significant historic sites. It is within a short drive of Maury Place at Monument.
Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument