Saturday, August 30, 2008

Helen Keller's Birthplace and the Coon Dog Cemetery

We had a day trip to Tuscumbia, AL, birthplace of Helen Keller. Ivy Green, her birthplace, is a permanent Shrine and is included in the National Register of Historic Sites. The entire house and grounds are open for the public and has much of the original furniture of the Keller Family and hundreds of momentos of Miss Keller's life including her library of Braille books and old Braille typewriter. Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880. At the age of 19 months an illness left Helen blind and deaf. Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe College in 1904 with her Teacher (Anne Sullivan) by her at all times. "The Miracle Worker", the play written by William Gibson, is produced each summer on the grounds of Ivy Green. It is now the official outdoor drama of Alabama. I thought it interesting that her mother was reared in Memphis, a descendant of the Adams family of New England. Helen's father served as a Captain in the Confederate Calvary.

Hope the next pictures don't confuse you....The Coon Dog Cemetery is actually one of those things around Red Bay that everyone goes to while they are here. It is located in a Wildlife Preservation and there are literally hundreds of graves for these beloved coon dogs. Wish I could have shown more pictures - they are all so different.

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