Walt Whitman Birthplace

Walt Whitman Birthplace, Huntington Station

Walt Whitman Birthplace
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
In 1819, Walt Whitman was born at a farmhouse in West Hills built by his father circa 1810. The Birthplace was restored in 2001 and it is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,311 contributions
History.
Oct 2020 • Couples
It’s a really cool Historic Site to check out. The tour is really informative. The interpretation center has great information and a fantastic gift shop to grab a text to read. Beautiful site worth all the time to enjoy you could spare.
Written October 25, 2020
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jean33Bordeaux
Bordeaux36 contributions
A gem.
Dec 2019
En route between New York and Sag Harbor, great admirors of Walt Whitman, we stopped in Huntington on a foggy December morning. The museum and the house were closed to the public, and seeing our disappointment, Cynthia Shor, the Director, and her team, were incredibly kind and fast to react, deciding to show us the exhibition devoted to the poet, and then, as a kindness among all, to open the house, allowing us to walk around in a religious silence, and to enjoy the spirit of the place, which is a gem of vernacular architecture as a matter of fact. Thank you for this memorable gift, and in this horrendous moments we live, hit by a demonic virus, God bless the 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd and America.
Written March 31, 2020
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Belgold
Quartz Hill, CA16 contributions
Walt Haven
Feb 2020 • Solo
Having been enthralled with Leaves of Grass for 50 years, it was a true delight to visit this museum and home. You will learn much about the poet and his impact on history, as well as his journey as a writer. It is a small but packed museum space, and the birthplace home is very interesting (well preserved and staged). Be sure to listen to the recording of Whitman reading his poetry with the help of Thos. Edison on a prototype phonograph. Magic.
Written February 20, 2020
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Harriet W
4 contributions
Our Local Treasure
Jul 2019
Walt Whitman grew up in Huntington Station, NY on a large tract of land owned by his family. He was the founder of a local Huntington newspaper, The Long Islander, that is still in print today. The museum has special days where they have wonderful docent led tours of the home which is furnished in nineteenth century furniture. It has audio-visual materials related to Walt Whitman and his peers. Check their schedule for special events.
Written November 5, 2019
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Cherie F
Lawrence, NY106 contributions
A wonderful historic site
Jul 2019
Walt Whitman was born and lived in this house until he was 4. Although he was raised elsewhere, he always had a warm feeling for Long Island and visited there often during his life. I went with a group of 8 friends and had arranged to have tea as well as a tour. Our docent who was actually from London explained the intricacies of the tea, difference between high tea and regular tea. We had tea sandwiches, as well as scones and other sweets. A different docent gave us a tour of the house and our visit ended with a few short videos about Whitman.
Written July 2, 2019
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Sandy317
Massapequa Park, NY43 contributions
Part of Long Island's History
May 2019 • Couples
We had an excellent tour of this beautiful house, where Walt Whitman lived the first four years of his life. The guide gave a lot of information because we were interested. There's also a small museum which is worth seeing. Jayne's Hill is nearby and also worth a visit while you're in the area.
Written May 26, 2019
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mikejrs
Amityville, New York26 contributions
Small piece of history
Sep 2017
There is lots of history here. They also have events here and is worth stopping by. It is a small place but you can learn something while here
Written August 20, 2018
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cornmanrichards
York, PA268 contributions
We were in town and my wife really wanted to check it out
Jul 2018 • Family
We were in Long Island visiting our daughter and part of her showing us around was going here(my wife is an English teacher). The tour lasts about a half hour and isn’t bad as far as tours go. The guide had some interesting tidbits about Whitman and early 19th century America. The site has a ton of development around so slow down at your approach, you might pass it. Highly recommend for Whitman fans, as there are plenty of artifacts on display in the visiting center.
Written July 17, 2018
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Decor71
Franklin Square, NY312 contributions
A Place that I have wanted to visit for a very long time
Jun 2018 • Friends
Since I live in Long Island and adore Whitman's poetry, this is a place that I have wanted to visit for years. it was not a beach day and we decided to go for a visit.
I went on the website and learned that in addition to the tour, they were having a
lecture. It dealt with the fact (that I did not know) that Whitman was way ahead of
his time and worked very hard for women to be treated equally to men.
Written June 24, 2018
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W.H. D
Hempstead, NY1,813 contributions
Terrific Long Island Day Trip
Feb 2018 • Family
A wonderful museum and historical location honoring this great American poet. Lovely gift shop and very informative tour through Whitman's birth house.
Written February 23, 2018
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Walt Whitman Birthplace is open:
  • Wed - Fri 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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