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Ivy Green

300 West North Commons, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Tuscumbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The birthplace of Helen Keller, this site provides tours and information and includes the historic pump that provided the "miracle" breakthrough.
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Santa Maria, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Since I was a young girl I have always admired Helen Keller and finally had the opportunity to visit this corner of Alabama. It was everything I remembered from the book and also a step back into history. There was no indoor plumbing, bathrooms or water in this elegant house. It was great to see things I recollected from books... More

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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I made a trip to Ivy Green for my own interest as well as to bring my 12 and 14 year old, who had recently seen the movie 'Story of My Life'. The tour can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour. The house appears smaller on the outside than it is on the inside, with 4 large rooms... More

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Brewton, Al
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I took three young girls to tour Ivy Green and see "The Miracle Worker." It made history come to life. They loved seeing her home, especially the key used to lock Annie I her room. Not a large house, but plenty to see inside and out.

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Madison, Alabama
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482 reviews 482 reviews
223 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I'm rating this exceptionally high because we happened to have visited during the Helen Keller Festival so everything was hopping. Turns out we ended up getting in through a side entrance and not paying, I'm not encouraging anyone to do this, just warning you that you need to enter through the front main entrance. A performance of the miracle worker... More

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Troy, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Very beautiful place to see. Home not far off main hwy making it easy to find. Tour guides very nice & knowledgeable. Tour takes about a hour give or take depending how long that you want to stay. Really enjoyed visit!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Helen Keller home takes about an hour to go through. May daughter researched Helen Keller for a school project and was so interested, we had to come. The house is nice, the tour guides knowledgeable, and they have a live play on the summer months. We enjoyed it, but found little else to do in the area.

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Maryville, Missouri, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Wonderful introduction to the home and grounds by the staff prior to the self guided tour. This also included her biography and life achievements in story telling form. Impressively over 85% of the furnishings a re original to the home, all the clothing, and a wonderful display of items from all over the world from her extensive work with the... More

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Louisville, KY
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

If you are in the Florence, AL area Helen Keller's birthplace is a good stop to learn more about her life and times. The docents are friendly and eager to share their knowledge of Helen and the surrounding area. At the very least have your picture taken by the famous water pump where Annie Sullivan taught Helen her first word.... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We took our 3 teenagers here and we all enjoyed it. It's great that most of the furnishings are original and that the pump is still there. The negative was that the tour was about 4 minutes long. We learned more from the piece of paper that was handed out. It's worth going to but don't expect anything from the... More

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Decatur, Alabama, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I've been here twice and enjoyed myself both times. The statue of Helen is very pretty and my mom got misty eyed at the water pump.

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