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					ROADTRIP                                                                 A Paean to Poe

WHERE: Edgar Allan Poe Mu-           explores a selection of Poe’s                                  Quoth the box office, “Nevermore.” Reserve your                                                                 D.C.
seum in Richmond.                    haunting stories and poems as                                  tickets for Signature Theatre’s Poe-laden musical.
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                                     well as his disturbing autobi-                         66                                                                                          495
WHY: A historic apothecary,          ography. Then, as you head                                                                                                                                       EXIT 5                   KING STREET
tattooed eyebrows and a birth-       down Route 1, take in the sub-                                Your eyelashes, eyebrows and lips will remain stained                                                                            495
day bash for the master of the       limely decayed signs of long-                                 after a trip to Permanent Make-Up by Angela.                                                                                Alexandria
macabre.                             gone motels and restaurants.                                                                                                                 FAIRFAX                           1
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                                     Formerly known as the Poto-
HOW FAR: About 100 miles,            mac Path, the historic road                                                                                                            MILL STREET             Fort
or 21⁄2 hours, from Alexandria.      was once a trail of trade and                                                                       WI L L I AM                                            Belvoir
                                     transportation for the Dogue                                                                        C O U N TY                Occoquan                   242
          ometime not too long       Indian tribe, which just hap-

          after the holidays,        pened to give the riverside                                                                                               BOULEVARD                            Mason Neck State Park
          the winter blahs be-       town of Occoquan its name. In                                                                               Driver’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                HIGH POINT ROAD

          gin to take hold: It’s     Occoquan today, Permanent                                                                                   route
          cold and damp, and         Make-Up by Angela is the                                                                                                                          Weekend trail tours and
the days are dark and short. In-     place to get a facial tattoo —                                                                                                                    hot cider at the Mason
stead of prescribing yourself a      then you can sleep in every                                                                                                                       Neck State Park’s
                                                                                                                                                                                       Environmental Center                                                                                tor Gustave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         e, French illustra
                                     morning to your telltale                                                                                                                                                                                         Like Edgar Allan Po s for his work on "The Raven.
weekend getaway to a tropical                                                                                                                                                          make even the chilliest                                                                                         "
beach, give yourself over to the     heart’s content.
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                                                                                                                                                                                       air feel warmer.                                               Dore is also fam
dreary winter days. In fact, cel-       Roadside sculpture gardens           Do-si-do on over
ebrate them at the Edgar Allan       abound on this drive, but the           Western Store. to the Boot Hill                  COUNTY
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Poe Museum in Richmond.              best pieces — pink elephants,                                                                                                                                           a   cR                       301                          MILES
   The father of modern mys-         bucking broncos, bathing                                                                17                                                                          tom
tery, horror and detective nov-      beauties and giant roosters —                                                                                                                                                                                                      MARYLAND
els (some say science fiction,       are at Domestic Concrete.
too) would have celebrated his       Prices range from pocket                                                          3                         Fredericksburg
197th birthday on Thursday,          change ($10) to simply ex-                                                                   95
and the Poe Museum has               traordinary ($5,000). Further                                                                                                  3
scheduled its annual day-long        south, a short jaunt off Route 1                                            SPOTSYLVANIA            STREET
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fete for Jan. 22. The festivities    will take you to the quaint                                                                                                                                                        3
include a performance of “The        Stonewall Jackson Shrine. The                                                                                                       For darn good
                                                                                                                                                                         yarn, try the
Cask of Amontillado” by              house where Jackson died is                                                                                                         Knitter’s Cottage.
spooky professionals from the        the centerpiece of the rural es-                                                                        606
Haunts of Richmond, a screen-        tate, which is run by the Na-                                                                                                                                                  17
ing of Poe-themed silent films       tional Park Service. From
in the blood-red Raven Room          there, rangers can give you di-                                                                                                         CAROLINE
and birthday cake sliced by          rections to a graveyard about                                                                                                            COU NT Y
president of the Poe Founda-         30 miles northwest that boasts                                                                                    207
tion, Harry Lee Poe (yes,            a single gravestone. It reads:
                                                                                                                                                               Stonewall Jackson
that’s right, he’s a distant rela-   “Arm of Stonewall Jackson;                                                                                                died at a small house
tion). To top it all off, admis-     May 3, 1863.” Jackson had his                                rman Bates                                                   here on May 10, 1863                                            Pose for pics with
sion to the museum has been          left arm amputated before he                Watch out for No n for the                                                                                                                    highlight of Dom the pink elephant. It’s the
                                                                                 around the old sig
                                                                                                                                                               — eight days after he                                                            estic Concrete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ’s menagerie.
waived for the day — but you         was moved to the house, well                Motel Baldwin                                                                 was shot by friendly fire.
may be cursed if you don’t           behind enemy lines.
make a donation.                        Worried about winter bore-                                                                                                  2
   Even without the thrill-fest,     dom, you say? Nevermore.                                                                                                      301
a trip to the Poe Museum —                            — Allison Devers
housed in the oldest standing        Edgar Allan Poe Museum,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3
house in downtown Richmond           1914-1916 E. Main St., Richmond,
— is a quick fix for a dreadful      804-648-5523, www.                                                                                      1
day. Not only can you see rare Open Sunday,                                                                                       HANOVE R
manuscripts and letters writ-        11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday,                                                                                 COU NT Y                                            yR
ten in Poe’s own hand, but the                                                                                                         295                                                                                                30
                                     10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6, seniors and                                                                                                       Dive into the
collection includes the writer’s     students: $5, 8 and younger free.                                                             161                                    Strawberry
socks, a lock of hair, and his       Edgar Allan Poe’s 197th Birthday                                                                                                     Street Cafe’s
traveling trunk and its key,         Celebration, Jan. 22, free, but                                                                                                      bathtub salad bar.
which was retrieved from his         donations welcome.                       At Creatures ’n                                                                                                                                                                        39, and
pocket after his death.                                                       Hamilton the cat Crooks Bookshoppe,                                     Richmond                                                                                    usly at the age of
                                                                                                                                  76                                                                                             Poe died mysterioPoe Museum details 12
   Before heading for the Com-       Road Trip maps are available on-        exclusively with guards the shelves stocked                                                                                                         the Edgar Allanhis passing: alcohol, epilepsy
monwealth’s capital, make                                                                     Po
                                                                             fantasy, horror an e’s preferences: mystery,
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                                     line at
                                                                                               d sci-fi.                                     161      95
                                                                                                                                                               HE NR I CO COU NT Y                                               theories behindong them.
note of some suitably eccentric      roadtrip, as are addresses and                                                                                                                                                               and murder am
diversions along the way. Last       hours of operation (be sure to
week, Signature Theatre in Ar-       check before you go). Have an
lington opened “Nevermore,”          idea for a trip? E-mail roadtrip@
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MAP BY JEROME COOKSON FOR THE WASHINGTON POST; PHOTOS BY ALLISON DEVERS FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
a world-premiere musical that

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