Walt Whitman's Birthplace
Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist who was born in 1819 in Long Island and grew up at this home, which was built by Walt Whitman Sr. and still stands today. As a boy, Walt Whitman was a voracious reader and secured his first job in the publishing industry at the age of 12 working as a "printer's devil."
Backstory and Context
Today, many regard Whitman as the "Poet of Democracy" and his works are known internationally. In 1892, his final edition of "Leaves of Grass" was published. He also died this year due to declining lung health. The house stands is both a historical museum with exhibits related to his life and work as well as a tribute for his legacy.