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Ivy Green

Birthplace of Helen Keller

 
 
Ivy Green Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
1. Ivy Green Marker
Inscription.  
The Family Home of Captain Arthur M. & Kate Adams Keller was built 1820, being the second house erected in Tuscumbia.

Here on June 27, 1880 was born America's First Lady of Courage Helen Adams Keller
 
Erected by Presented by The Lions of Alabama.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1820.
 
Location. 34° 44.28′ N, 87° 42.341′ W. Marker is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 N Commons St West Tuscumbia, Al 35674, Tuscumbia AL 35674, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ethel Davis Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); At This Well (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Challenge / The Response (about 500 feet away); The Moon Tree (about 500 feet away); Yellow Fever Epidemic 1878 / The 31 Victims of Yellow Fever Who died in Tuscumbia
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(about 600 feet away); Gov. Robert Burns Lindsay / Maud McKnight Lindsay (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Winston Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Never Forget Garden (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscumbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ivy Green Grounds. Located on a 640-acre tract in historic Tuscumbia, Ivy Green was built in 1820 by David and Mary Fairfax Moore Keller, grandparents of Helen Keller. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. Ivy Green / Helen Keller Birthplace. National Register of Historic Places website entry (Submitted on May 7, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Helen Keller. Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

4. File:Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in July 1888.jpg. Picture of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

5. Helen Keller. Helen Keller buried at Washington
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
2. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
National Cathedral in Washington D.C. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

6. Quotations by Author. The Quotations page website entry:
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) US blind & deaf educator (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

7. You tube Helen Keller ~Phoenix learning group. Helen Keller: In her story (clip) (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
Ivy Green image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, May 1991
3. Ivy Green
Helen Keller Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
4. Helen Keller Plaque
Helen Keller
1880 - 1968
A great lady of courage
and humanitarian service
presented by
The Lions of Alabama
Helen Keller's birth Cottage & Living quarters for Helen's and teacher Anne Sullivan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
5. Helen Keller's birth Cottage & Living quarters for Helen's and teacher Anne Sullivan
Helen Keller Home image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
6. Helen Keller Home
Christmas at the Keller's in the Parlor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
7. Christmas at the Keller's in the Parlor
The Helen Keller Home ~At entrance of Hallway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
8. The Helen Keller Home ~At entrance of Hallway
The Helen Keller Home was built in 1820 on a 640 acre tract of land by Helen's grandparents, David and Mary Fairfax Moore Keller. It is a Virginia Cottage Construction surrounded by English Boxwood. Marked by the Ralph Leftwich Chapter Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.
The Well Pump where Helen Keller first learned the word w-a-t-e-r. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 16, 1997
9. The Well Pump where Helen Keller first learned the word w-a-t-e-r.
Helen Keller Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
10. Helen Keller Marker
This Memorial Fountain and Garden is dedicated to the Memory of the Inspirational life of Miss Helen Keller by The Lions of Alabama In Cooperation with Lions International.
Helen Keller Memorial Garden image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 20, 2009
11. Helen Keller Memorial Garden
Helen Keller image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2016
12. Helen Keller
This 2008 statue of seven-year-old Helen Keller by Edward Hlavka stands in the sculpture Gallery of the United States Capital.
Ivy Green is depicted on the front of Helen Keller's statue in the U. S. Capital. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2016
13. Ivy Green is depicted on the front of Helen Keller's statue in the U. S. Capital.
“Ivy Green is located on 640 acres. It was built by Helen’s Grandparents and named for the ivy that covered its exterior”
Helen Keller image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2016
14. Helen Keller
Ivy Green's water pump close-up image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, May 1, 1991
15. Ivy Green's water pump close-up
New structure protecting the Helen Keller water pump. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2015
16. New structure protecting the Helen Keller water pump.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 2,957 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   12, 13, 14. submitted on January 1, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   15. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   16. submitted on July 18, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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