Helen Keller Birthplace
Helen Keller Birthplace built in 1820 only one year after Alabama became the 22nd State of the Union, Ivy Green is a simple, white clapboard home design in typical Southern architecture. The main house is of Virginia cottage construction, with four large rooms on the first floor bisected by a wide hall. Each room boasts an individual fireplace. Upstairs are three rooms connected by a hall. Having survived untouched through the ravages of the Civil War, Ivy Green is maintained to the smallest detail in its original state.
Helen Keller was born at a house called Ivy Green, and there she learned to communicate with the outside world even though she was blind and deaf. The home of “America’s First Lady of Courage” includes much of the house’s original furniture, herb gardens, the famous water pump and a gift shop, Since 1954 Helen Keller's birthplace has been a permanent shrine to the "miracle" that occurred in a blind and deaf seven-year old girl's life. At that time Ivy Green was placed on the National Register of Historic Place
This place is a really nice little piece of inspirational history in north Alabama. We were in the area visiting family when I found this little gem. The staff is super friendly and helpful. We were there in the month of June and that is the month they have the outdoor play about the life of Helen, the month of her birth. The grounds are clean and there are plenty of places to sit for those who have a hard time standing and walking . the tour is also a good history lesson walking the grounds and seeing the well where she said her first words. We look for history every where we go and this was a nice stop for us.
I had the chance to visit years ago before Google maps was this big. I recall she was a subject of study when I was in 3rd grade. The experience of being there was unique in the sense that one can imagine how she was able to trascend into history given her limitations. A great place to bring the new generations of history makers, children.
Small house, but a great tour and property! The outdoor set for the drama is pretty neat as well.
G. L. Thomas
Must see! The ladies who give the tours are amazing. You can almost see the dishes flying when you hear about Helen's tantrum in the dining room.
A must see... What a superb and inspirational story. Take the tour. The staff is very kind, polite and helpful. Laura waz a superb tour guide.