Ivy Green was exactly what I had envisioned it would be: a simple, white, cottage-style home sitting in the midst of beautiful trees and gardens. Also on the grounds are the Carriage House that Helen and Anne lived in, an outdoor kitchen, gift shop (does not offer many things), clean restrooms, an ice shed, and the beautiful Lion's Club's International Memorial Fountain. The most fascinating sites for me were the old well pump behind the main house, and the video of Helen giving a speech, located in the garden area.
It cost $6 per adult and $2 per student to tour the home and grounds. The home has been maintained in its original state and includes many of the Keller family's own furnishings, clothing, and handmade items.
One room now has many personal mementos of Helen's including her Braille typewriter and Braille books.
The tour itself consisted of a volunteer giving us some information about the family and a few of the rooms on the bottom floor. I would have liked some more information about the family.
There is a Helen Keller Festival the last week of June, and a play is performed on the grounds every weekend from early June to mid-July.
It was definitely worth visiting. My 14 & 13 year-old girls and I loved it. My 11-year-old boy, not-so-much.
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