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Historical Adventures – Helen Keller House Tour
Reese and I always fill our trips to the brim with fun stuff to do, and while in Alabama, that was no exception. I had mentioned to the tourism board that Reese was a huge fan of Helen Keller…okay, maybe even a little obsessed lol. So we were super excited when they were gracious enough to set up a tour for us while we were in town. This tour far more than exceeded my expectations (and Reeses) and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the fascinating life of Helen Keller or for those who want to learn more about braille. Helen Keller House Tour
Helen Keller’s house is located in Tuscumbia Alabama, which is about 3 hours from Montgomery and roughly an hour from Huntsville. I’ll admit it’s a bit out of the way (which is why we almost skipped it), but Reese and I love a good adventure and there was no way she was going to let us get this close and not go. Skipping this tour would have made for a loooong flight back home and I’m sure I would have gotten the silent treatment lol. Reese has read several books on Helen Keller, done two reports on her and even made an attempt to learn braille. Helen Keller House Tour
Despite it being out of the way, it was really worth it. I myself knew a bit about Helen Keller prior to coming but Reese and I were able to learn so much more about her and honestly, it was quite humbling. The home was built in 1820 right before Alabama became an official state. Called Ivy Green, it’s a simple Southern-style home but you can feel the history rippling through it as you tour the home.
The downstairs portion of the home is done through a guided tour while the upstairs is self-guided. You’ll see where Helen Keller spent her days along with Anne Sullivan who is known better as “The Miracle Worker.” Somehow, this beautiful home and grounds managed to survive the Civil War without destruction and all the details have been well-preserved. Helen Keller House Tour
Our absolute favorite part of the Helen Keller House Tour was seeing the Helen Keller statue. We got to touch it too, and Reese and I shared a moment of appreciation that we had all our senses. Imagining the world of darkness Helen Keller knew and how she triumphed over it really touched our hearts.
We also loved that the guides for the Helen Keller House Tour were VERY knowledgeable. They told us some amazing stories that really brought the tour to life for us. From the house, we went out to tour the grounds and see the Lion’s Club’s International Memorial Fountain. The whole place was beautiful from top to bottom and inside out, plus it was great to enjoy history with my favorite little history buff, Reese. Helen Keller House Tour
Reese isn’t just interested in the life of Helen Keller, she also thinks braille is a pretty cool tool. If your kids are interested in learning more about braille, you can visit http://braillebug.afb.org/ to help them learn more. There’s even a section of games and secret messages.
The next time you find yourself in Alabama, make time for the Helen Keller House Tour for a historic adventure!
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