Ivy Green – Helen Keller Birthplace
Trapped in a dark, soundless world after a childhood illness left her blind and deaf, Helen Keller saw the potential in her own mind and went on to read French, German, Greek, and Latin in Braille. She entered Radcliffe College at 20, wrote 11 books, numerous articles, and lectured in 39 countries on five different continents. She also inspired two Oscar-winning movies and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor an American civilian can receive.
At her birthplace and childhood home known as “Ivy Green” in Tuscumbia, Alabama, visitors can see the Keller family’s original furnishings, hundreds of personal mementos, gifts, and books from a lifetime of travels. Thousands gather for the week-long Helen Keller Festival each June, and the epic drama “The Miracle Worker” is performed at the home each June and July.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM-4 PM, Sunday 1-4 PM.
Address: 300 W. North Commons, Tuscumbia, AL 35674