Ivy Green

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Ivy Green (Helen Keller Birthplace)
Ivy Green.jpg
Ivy Green in 2009
Ivy Green is located in Alabama
Ivy Green
Ivy Green is located in the US
Ivy Green
Location 300 West North Commons, Tuscumbia, Alabama
Coordinates 34°44′22″N 87°42′24″W / 34.73944°N 87.70667°W / 34.73944; -87.70667Coordinates: 34°44′22″N 87°42′24″W / 34.73944°N 87.70667°W / 34.73944; -87.70667
Built 1820
Architect David Keller; Mary Fairfax Moore
NRHP reference # 70000101
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 25, 1970[1]
Designated NHL March 31, 1992[2]

Ivy Green is the name for the childhood home of Helen Keller. It is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The house was built in 1820 and is a simple white clapboard house.[3] The actual well pump where Helen Keller first communicated with Anne Sullivan is located at Ivy Green. The property includes the cottage where Keller was born and the house where she spent her early childhood.[4]

Entrance to Ivy Green
Helen Keller, age 7

The Miracle Worker[edit]

Every summer, for over 30 years, the Helen Keller Foundation has presented outdoor performances of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker. The play is usually performed from early June through mid-July. It is especially popular during the Helen Keller Festival held in Tuscumbia every June.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Ivy Green (Helen Keller Birthplace)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ "The Life of Helen Keller, National Institute of Blind People". Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  4. ^ Page Putnam Miller (June 7, 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Ivy Green / Keller, Helen, Birthplace" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 4 photos (2 exterior, 1 of water pump, and 1 of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan) from 1990 and undated. (515 KB)

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