Thursday, October 8, 2009

VISIT TO HELEN KELLER'S BIRTHPLACE

Helen Keller's photo located in the hall of the
main house. She was a beautiful and talented
lady even though being both blind and deaf she
accomplished much in her life.

This is a photo of the main house. It had four
rooms downstairs and two upstairs. It is
furnished in lovely antiques and holds many of
Helen's personal memorabilia.

In back of the main house is this structure. It
is the kitchen on the left. On the right is where
the cook's bedroom was located.


Plaque explaining about the water pump
where Anne Sullivan, Helen's teacher, had her
first break through teaching Helen sign language.


Water pump where Helen, after many tries by
Anne Sullivan, Helen's teacher, finally got the
sign for WATER. After that she was a fast learner.




This is the two room cottage where Helen and
Anne lived by themselves so as not to have any
interference from Helen's family. Our tour guide
told us they drove Helen around for two hours
so she would not know she was living next to her
family.




US Postal stamp with Helen Keller and Anne
Sullivan's picture.






Lovely part of the garden with Helen's bust in
the middle surrounded by ponds.







This is a large tree with ivy climbing up it that
is in front of the cottage that Helen and Anne
lived.








Another very large tree. The plaque was
old and I could not read it so I do not know
what kind of tree it is.









This is a plaque for the tree picture below.










The Moon Tree.
We had a very nice and enjoyable day. We truly
learned a lot about Helen's life as a child. What
she went through to learn sign language. Her
going on to attend college, with Anne Sullivan by
her side. She did learn to speak and gave many
speeches to help the deaf and blind. Her birthplace
is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. It is truly a
lovely place to visit. The grounds are beautiful
well kept up, as is the main house and the cottage.
Helen Keller a beautiful talented lady who did not
let her handicap get her down.












6 comments:

BrasherGirl said...

That is one place I have never been but would like to visit.

It sure looks like you and Dad had a good time and learned a lot!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Girl I wished I had been there with you...I so admired this woman and what she did with her life and how many she and Thomas edison did to help the deaf and blind...I have her on my side bar...she really was a awesome women...I read the book about her like 25 years ago when I worked at the blind center..she could teach many people not to let a handicap get in your way of living...She's the one that gave Lion's International their goal in life...Great post my friend...I loved reading this ...Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

farmlady said...

This is such an amazing story. I have always had undying admiration for Helen Keller. Think of this handicap and what it took to overcome not seeing or hearing. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan, must have been an amazing woman.
I didn't know that there was a place preserved and honoring her life. I wish I could visit it. If this never happens I thank you for this post. I'm glad you got to see it.

Charli and me said...

She was amazing wasn't she? I just couldn't even begin to imagine. Thank you for the tour. I've always wanted to visit there. I can't believe that tree! It's huge!I hope you have a great weekend ♥

Pat aka Posh said...

Amazing life she lived.. thanks for sharing the pictures.. I really enjoyed them.

Madeline's Album said...

Thank you all for your visit and very nice comments.