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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


Lynn Wray Dillard

Thursday, May 3, 2018
This is an historic place, meticulously preserved with lots of artifacts. The grounds are spacious with nice sidewalks and plenty of greenery. There are souvenirs but no food service. For a short time during the summer, “THE MIRACLE WORKER” is presented in an outdoor venue (see website for details). The volunteer hosts are very knowledgeable and just bubble over with southern hospitality.

Sierra Clark

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
This was such an amazing experience and so educational. It was a very emotional trip for me and I found it to be incredibly inspiring and informative. I would highly suggest anybody visiting here.

Janice Foster

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Very interesting and well presented tour. The grounds and the home beautifully kept. If you are in the area well worth stopping. During weekends in the summer if you plan ahead, you can take in the play "The miracle worker".

Martin&Susanne Sweet

Saturday, June 16, 2018
An awesome visit to a historic site. Original furnishings, not remade or fabricated. It was awesome to touch the actual well pump that made history.

George Kalas

Friday, June 1, 2018
I did not think this tour would be as interesting as it turned out to be. Excellent a around! Very inspiring and interesting. Not to be missed.

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