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Tuscumbia - Helen Keller Birthplace

300 North Commons Street West


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


Stephen Eichler

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Beautiful home and grounds, well maintained. A very pleasant and knowledgeable guide gave us a tour and then we had all the time we wanted to look around on our own. Plenty of free parking, and a low admission charge. Very interesting and inspirational. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Helen Keller and her family and surroundings.

Beatriz Puche

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
It is a beautiful historical place to visit. Everybody should know. And learn about her. The house and its annexes are perfectly maintained and you can have a complete view of her early life and what she accomplished. A must see

Rick Imus

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Just a whistle stop for our party, but looks like a place you could spend some time at and be inspired. Outdoor theatre behind the house for summer time dramatizations.

Sandy F.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Wonderful to have such rich history right in ones back yard. I recommend everyone take a tour of the home and grounds of Ivy Green.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Neat historical site with friendly guides. My daughter and I learned a lot.

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