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Ivy Green (Helen Keller Birthplace*)
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Ivy Green in 2009
Ivy Green is located in Alabama
Ivy Green
Location in Alabama
Ivy Green is located in the United States
Ivy Green
Location in the United States
Location 300 West North Commons, Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1820 (1820)
Architect David Keller; Mary Fairfax Moore
NRHP reference No. 70000101
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Added to NRHP August 25, 1970
Designated NHL March 31, 1992

Ivy Green is a historic house museum at 300 West North Commons in Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States. Built in 1820, it was the birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller (1880–1968), the famous deaf-blind author and speaker. A National Historic Landmark honoring Keller's life, it is now a museum open to the public.

Description and history

Ivy Green is located in a residential area north of downtown Tuscumbia, on the north side of West North Commons at Keller Lane. The property's principal features are the main house, the birthplace cottage, and the well. The main house is a 1-1/2 story frame structure with a gabled roof and clapboarded exterior. It has a five-bay facade, with sash windows around a roughly centered entrance. The entrance is sheltered by a gabled portico, and is framed by sidelight and transom windows. Nearby stands the birthplace cottage, a modest structure originally built as a plantation office, that was refurbished as a bridal suite for Arthur Henley Keller's second wife, who bore him Helen Keller in 1880. In between the two buildings stand the well and pump that played a key role in Helen Keller's development.

The main house at Ivy Green was built in 1820 by David Keller, Helen Keller's grandfather. The well pump is where Helen Keller first achieved a communicated breakthrough with her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan.

The property became a museum dedicated to Helen Keller in 1954. A fire in 1972 caused minor damage and resulted in the donation of additional materials by the Keller family.

Entrance to Ivy Green September 2007
Entrance to Ivy Green
Helen Keller, age 7

The Miracle Worker

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.

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