Historic House Tours
May 22 – June 9
Wednesday – Saturday, 10AM-11:30AM, 1:30PM-3PM
In the weeks surrounding the birthday, the Walt Whitman House Historic Site, home of the “Good Gray Poet” will be hosting special “Legacy” tours that focus on the work that Whitman created while living in Camden, as well as the history of Camden in relation to the historic site. The tours will explore his diary jottings in Specimen Days and his ruminations on the growth of America in Democratic Vistas. The compilation volume Specimen Days and Collect was assembled during Whitman’s time in Camden and illustrates his experiences and opinions of his life’s work. It was in his Mickle Street house on May 31, 1891 that 33 guests gathered on the first floor of the home for Whitman’s 72nd birthday. This was to be the old poet’s last before his passing the following year on March 26, 1892 – just two months before his 73rd birthday. Come for a visit and learn about how his friends and admirers decided to keep the birthday tradition alive with “Walt Whitman” birthday celebrations throughout the years to the present. These special tours will be by appointment only, and we expect them to fill up quickly, so we encourage those interested to call ahead to secure a spot on the tours.
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Photo credit: John R. Johnston, Walt Whitman’s house, 1890. Walt Whitman House Collection