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The Helen Keller House

Updated on May 1, 2017

The Inspirational Helen Keller

The Helen Keller Home is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama and offers tours on a daily basis. You can walk with a tour guide or break out on your own. This is a picture of the main house.
The Helen Keller Home is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama and offers tours on a daily basis. You can walk with a tour guide or break out on your own. This is a picture of the main house. | Source
Helen Keller was an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. She overcame in her childhood what most people do not have to deal with in an entire lifetime.
Helen Keller was an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. She overcame in her childhood what most people do not have to deal with in an entire lifetime. | Source
The water pump that Helen Keller learned with is located in the backyard of the main house.
The water pump that Helen Keller learned with is located in the backyard of the main house. | Source
Helen Keller sits with President John F. Kennedy. She met many famous people and inspired many others.
Helen Keller sits with President John F. Kennedy. She met many famous people and inspired many others. | Source
This is a picture of Helen Keller's bedroom where she grew up.
This is a picture of Helen Keller's bedroom where she grew up. | Source

Living A Silent Life

The Helen Keller home is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The name of the estate is Ivy Green. The estate received it's name from all of the ivy that can be found all over the grounds at the home. This is a great place in history and tour to bring the entire family to.

A tour of the home shows where Helen Keller grew up. On this tour, you get to take a look all throughout the house. In the front bed room and parlor and on into the dining area. Then you are allowed to go upstairs to the bedrooms, where the tour continues.

On the grounds, in the back yard, it even has the same water pump that she learned how to spell which in turn allowed her to learn braille. By her learning braille, so many other doors were opened for her. When touring the grounds at Ivy Green, you can see actual video of Helen Keller giving a speech. She did not know anything but, how she was born. She didn't see herself as being disabled, she just knew that she had extra obstacles to overcome.

A smaller house can be found in the backyard. This is also where the meals would have been prepared for the farmhands, cooks, servants of the house. This would be where the cook and the groundskeeper would have slept on the property/grounds. The barn that houses the horses and wagon is back behind these two houses.

There are many facts about Helen Keller that you can read for yourself, as you walk around the grounds and tour the house. Also, there is a small museum that shows and tells about her amazing life. Keller was born blind, deaf and mute but, she overcame her limitations to make something of her self. She did not understand the meaning of the word "no". I think in a sense, to her, it became a challenge to her.

The tour of her home is fascinating, to say the least. For that day and time, Helen Keller's family was one of the more wealthy families for that era, as well as, that area. As you tour the grounds of Ivy Green, you will get the sense that the family wanted the best care for Helen. They were fortunate in that they were able to keep her "home", pretty much, she just didn't know it. There are items on display that have been sent to The Helen Keller Home over the years. Most of these can be found inside the main house.

Helen Keller was born in 1880 and died in 1968. She was the first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor Degree. Although Helen Keller had disabilities, she was more concerned with others handicaps than with her own. Helen Keller has been an inspiration to millions of people as her life was hard but, she just kept trying As you walk around the grounds of Ivy Green, you get to view a video of Helen Keller speaking to the Lion's Club and it is a motivational on so many levels.

If a person can be born blind, deaf and mute and learn to read, write and talk then anything can be accomplished through lots of hard work and dedication. The house of Helen Keller is in Ivy Green, Tuscumbia and was built in 1820. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is upstairs and downstairs which is quite amazing for that period of time..

Also, you get to look into the home where her teacher named Anne Sullivan fought hard to help Helen Keller grow up and learn. It was a much simpler time then. I think that this held Anne Sullivan at a huge disadvantage just because, everything that is known now a days medically.

The grounds at The Helen Keller Home has the famous Miracle Worker play each year in July and it is a part of The Helen Keller Festival. This and it is heart breaking and heart warming to say the least.

When you enter the yard to your left, is a sort of "shrine", to Helen if you will. A tranquil patio filled with flowers and other things dedicated to the life of this great woman, they are all part of the shrine. To your right, when you enter are several concrete benches and the small two room home where Helen learned.

God bless Helen, for showing more heart than most and for being an activist who fought for the rights of the handicapped. She was a brilliant woman to say the least. When touring this home I found the big screen video of her speaking to thousands of people at a Lions Club convention. Secondly, the bedroom where she was raised and her backyard tell the tale of Helen Keller in her youth.

Her standard of living was hard even if she had sight and hearing but she had neither. She not only survived she became a legendary historical figure but, her parents always tried to help and encourage her to no avail but, with a loving family and a caring teacher helped to show her the bright side of her dark life. Helen Keller a true ambassador for the handicapped.

Have you ever visited The Helen Keller home? If you have, please share any opinions or facts you know about Helen Keller in the comments capsule which is located at the bottom of this page. If you haven't been, each year in July there's a Helen Keller Festival in Tuscumbia, AL. Every year this is a great family fun filled event.


Birthplace of Helen Keller

Helen Keller Home

5 stars for Helen Keller Museum and Home Tour

Helen Keller Home

Rare Helen Keller Footage

Helen Keller Talking

Helen Keller is an Amazing Woman

What an amazing woman she was. Keller never let her disability disable her. It's one thing to be deaf and blind and learn to communicate but, an entirely different thing to get a college education with those disabilities.

There is a arts and crafts festival each year that is held in Spring Park, in Tuscumbia, Al. This festival is a celebration of Helen Keller's life. She faced many obstacles in her life and somehow she was able to overcome them.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      passion4pen 4 years ago from delhi

      wow!!! I admire Helen Keller and to be reminded of her life is indeed great!!

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      She truly was a remarkable woman and one of the most quotable ppl ever. I tried to publish a hub here with her words in it, before I realized you couldn't write hubs with lots of quotes in them.

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Leslie, good hub. The videos were the icing on your sharing. We forget the remarkable endeavors and determination of others when we focus too much on our minor shortcomings like waiting in a line. Thanks for reminding us what a wonderful human being that Helen Keller was.

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      sirin 3 years ago

      her life is simply amazing and extra ordinary

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Fascinating! I love going to historic sites like that. In GA. we have the Juliette Gordon Low house (girl scout founder) Helen Keller is just about the most amazing human ever!

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