Navigation Bar ... to the right are several menu selections. Home ... Return to main menu and top of the site Map to select the Home page of this site. Gallery ... Select this button to view a virtual walkthrough of Ivy Green, the birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller's Birth Home Map to select the first page of the virtual walk though of the Keller home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Biography ... Select this button to view a fairly brief chronological biography of Helen Keller. Much of this information was taken from a term paper assignment turned in by Sarah Demirha, age 11, from Campbell, California. Map to select the first page of the Biography. Links ... Select this button to view a list of links other Helen Keller sites Map to select the Links Page. Miscellaneous ... Select this button to bring up a menu of additional selections, including Contact information, more information about Ivy Green, including maps, and driving directions, and information about the folks who created this site. Map to select the Miscellaneous Page.
 

 

 

As you walk through the gate and look off to the right, you see the guest house or cottage.  Helen Keller was actually born in this house, and lived in this house until Anne Sullivan came to be her teacher. For awhile thereafter, it served as Anne's house and Helen and Anne's schoolhouse. 

 

   
 

According to the guides at Ivy Green, Helen didn't know that her school house was her very own cottage.  Until Anne arrived, Helen was unruly, even violent, and it took Anne months to get her to settle down.  When it came time to start Helen's "education," the Kellers and Anne believed that if Helen knew she was going to school in her own little cottage, she would just run out and run back over to the main house.  So, before they took her to the cottage, they would take her on a carriage ride, and end up back where they started. But Helen didn't know she was home, so she wouldn't be tempted to run back to the main house.  Every afternoon, the process was repeated. So, for probably several weeks, or maybe even months, Helen took two carriage rides per school day from her house, back to her house.

   
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