Welcome to Walt Whitman Birthplace


 

"A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." -Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
Children’s Presidents’ Week Activity: Make a Cornhusk Figure
Children’s Presidents’ Week Activity: Make a Cornhusk Figure
Whitmanland Exhibit Reception
Whitmanland Exhibit Reception
WWBA Signature Series Walking with Whitman moves to Fridays for it's sixth season in 2016!
WWBA Signature Series Walking with Whitman moves to Fridays for it's sixth season in 2016!
Children's Program: Irish Dancers
Children's Program: Irish Dancers
Democratic Vistas: Whitman as Jeremiah – Reflections on Democratic Vistas
Democratic Vistas: Whitman as Jeremiah – Reflections on Democratic Vistas
The Interpretive Center and Museum at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
The Interpretive Center and Museum at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
NY Council for the Humanities Reading & Discussion Series: Our World Remade, World War I
NY Council for the Humanities Reading & Discussion Series: Our World Remade, World War I
You must not know too much or be too precise about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.
You must not know too much or be too precise about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.
Mother's Day High Tea - Celebrate Mom at the Birthplace
Mother's Day High Tea - Celebrate Mom at the Birthplace
The Interpretive Center and Museum at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
The Interpretive Center and Museum at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
Birthday Celebration with Robert Pinsky, 2016 WWBA Poet in Residence
Birthday Celebration with Robert Pinsky, 2016 WWBA Poet in Residence
Kitchen of the Walt Whitman Birthplace
Kitchen of the Walt Whitman Birthplace

 

 

About Whitman:

Walt Whitman in the 1840's

In 1819, Walt Whitman was born in 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. The Birthplace is the only NYS Historic Site on Long Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the White House Millennium Council named it an "American Treasure." In 2007, the Walt Whitman Trail, which begins at the Birthplace, was designated a National Recreational Trail by the US Dept. of the Interior.

Whitman's collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, stands among the masterpieces of world literature. Scholars have name Whitman the "Poet of Democracy" and "America's Shakespeare."

Walt Whitman in Camden, NJ, 1891

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) was organized in 1949 to purchase the deteriorating Whitman Birthplace from private sellers to safeguard it for future generations. In 1957, WWBA sold the Birthplace to NY State, and WWBA agreed to continue operating the Birthplace. WWBA fulfills the responsibilities of NY State by preserving the historic site, for sustaining the legacy of Walt Whitman, for presenting literary and artistic programs, for conducting educational programs, and for providing visitor tours.

 
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