Welcome to Walt Whitman Birthplace
"A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." -Walt Whitman
The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2015
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
Halloween Family Day!
Kitchen of the Walt Whitman Birthplace
WWBA Signature Series Walking with Whitman is back for it's 5th Season in 2015!
Book Launch & Reading - THE GREAT SYMPATHETIC: WALT WHITMAN AND THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW
Holiday High Tea at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
Yuletide Family Day
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.
The Interpretive Center and Museum at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
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 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.