Ivy Green

Also known as: Helen Keller Birthplace
300 W. North Common, Tuscumbia, Alabama


Helen Keller House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey W. N. Manning, Photographer, Feb. 2, 1934. FRONT VIEW.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress


Street View 


This ten acre site is associated with Helen Keller (1880-1968), author and lecturer. The property includes the cottage where Keller was born and the house where she spent her early childhood (1880-1888), and the water pump, site of the communication breakthrough for the blind and deaf Keller. With the aid of her teacher and constant companion, Anne Sullivan (Macy), Keller learned to communicate with the world outside of Ivy Green. This homestead was the location of the pivotal experiences which led to Keller's emergence in the forefront of the effort to provide better methods and facilities to educate the handicapped. Although Keller and Sullivan eventually left the homestead and resided in various locations throughout their lives together, they continued to return to Ivy Green. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, March 31, 1992

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1970
Reference number
Areas of significance
Social History; Education; Communications
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1880; 1890; 1887
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • February 25, 2020: New Street View added by Michael Miller