Galaxies are surrounded by halos of hot gas whose mass and origin remain unknown. One of the most challenging properties to measure is the metallicity, which constrains both of these. We present a measurement of the metallicity around NGC 891, a nearby, edge-on, Milky Way analog. We find that the hot gas is dominated by low-metallicity gas near the virial temperature at kT=0.20±0.01keV and Z/Z☉=0.14±0.03(stat)–0.02+0.08(sys) and that this gas coexists with hotter (kT=0.71±0.04keV) gas that is concentrated near the star-forming regions in the disk. Model choices lead to differences of ΔZ/Z☉∼0.05, and higher signal-to-noise ratio observations would be limited by systematic error and plasma emission model or abundance ratio choices. The low-metallicity gas is consistent with the inner part of an extended halo accreted from the intergalactic medium, which has been modulated by star formation. However, there is much more cold gas than hot gas around NGC 891, which is difficult to explain in either the accretion or supernova-driven outflow scenarios. We also find a diffuse nonthermal excess centered on the galactic center and extending to 5 kpc above the disk with a 0.3-10 keV LX=3.1×1039ergs–1. This emission is inconsistent with inverse Compton scattering or single-population synchrotron emission, and its origin remains unclear.