Helen Keller Birthplace
After a night of being eaten alive by insects, I figured it'd be best to buy some bug repellant and a couple of other things. So before making my way to Georgia, I plugged the closest Target into my GPS (which, by the way has been one of the smartest investments I've ever made. I should have bought one a long time ago). Little did I know the closest Target would be 2 hours away, but really didn't matter too much because it was in the general direction I was heading. After about an hour on the road, I missed a turn I was supposed to take. Instead of turning around I figured, it's a road trip, why not take the re-routed detour. As I came to a stop light I spotted it out of the corner of my eye... a sign for the Birthplace of Helen Keller. Now ever since I was a little girl, I've found Helen Keller inspirational and I knew I needed to visit. Pulling into the drive way of Ivy Green I was greeted by huge magnolia trees and I began to feel giddy. This was exactly what I wanted my summer road trip to be. Here I was on an unplanned adventure all because I missed a turn.
I got there in the early afternoon, so there really wasn't that many people. There was a couple that arrived shortly before me and after I paid I joined them for a guided tour of the house. The tour was really wonderful. It's so much more enjoyable visiting a historic place can be when you receive all the extra information.
In the one room near the back entrance, that was once Helen's mother's room, they had photos, letters, books, games, Miracle Worker movie poster and reviews.
This was the first room to the right when you come into the house, it was initially her father's.
This is another view of that first floor room. Most of the furniture, clothing and decor belonged to the Keller family.
This is one of the gardens that separate the main house from the cottage.
Helen's room when both her and Anne Sullivan moved into the cottage right next door to the main house to work more one on one.
The water pump.
"At this well Anne Sullivan Macy revealed the mystery of language to seven year old Helen Keller by spelling the work W-A-T-E-R into her hand as water flowed over the other hand"
After wondering the grounds for a bit and making a quick stop in the gift shop, I had to get back on the road so that I would get to Georgia by the time I said I would. I was on way to visit Meaghan and Austin Wieland. I hadn't seen them since their wedding and was so happy that they were able to have me come visit, even though it would only be for one night. Staying for one night just meant that I had an extra excuse to visit them again when I would be making my way back up north from Florida :)