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Whitman Tour

jens 2009-12-13 16:49:11

We had the opportunity to visit Walt Whitman’s first house that he owned.  He did not own his first home until much later in life and this was the home that he passed away in.  I had no idea what I was in for when we went to see his house.  I thought it would be run down and in distress from being so old.  I also thought of regular museums where things might be in glass containers.  I was thinking that we would walk in the halls of the house and peek our heads into the rooms that Whitman lived in.

I was in shock when I could actually stand next to the rocking chair that he sat in.  We were actually allowed in the rooms of the house.  How rare????  I along with my classmates were probably amazed that we were actually standing in the rooms right next to Walt Whitmans articles that he used.  We stood right next to his bed, his kitchen table and stove among so many other of his belongings.  It was wonderful, of course we could not touch the items but it was great to be able to stand in the same places and Whitman himself.

The last of the tour was the backyard.  It, to me, looks like it did when Whitman lived there.  I think it was great that we were given this opportunity to see Whitman’s house as it was when he was alive and lived there.

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