Can’t Hardly See or Hear the Road From The House
A rarity: I sought out a house that does not appear on any list or any trail nor does it have a museum inside it.
It is merely the house that Helen Keller lived in during her final years on this great blue marble called Earth. That’s all, nothing more. Perhaps someday it will be a museum or a National Historic Landmark (I’d expect it), so I’m just getting ahead in the game with this post.
On June 1, 1968, the deaf and blind activist Helen Keller died at the age of 87 in her Easton, Connecticut home, where she chose to spend her final days. She’s buried at the National Cemetery in DC though.
It must be said that the drive to the house, from any of the four roads that intersect at its driveway, is beautiful. The address can be found elsewhere online, but I won’t reprint it here, even though it is quite recessed from the road.
Easton is a very sleepy town, much like Weston next door. There is no town center and very little business here. Lots of old stone walls and old growth forest though. It’s, quite simply, beautiful.
Here’s a 2002 article about Easton from the NYT – nothing has changed since then and I doubt it will here for a long time.
karen gates saysMay 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm
learning about helen keller for school report
Amanda Malota saysMay 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm
We are learning about Helen for a school report. My son wanted to visit her house like we visited the Judson and Perry Houses in Stratford, CT. I hope to see a museum soon!!
allie saysMarch 3, 2018 at 11:36 am
we visited her childhood home in tuscumbia alabama which is a museum. its worth a visit if you’re interested.
Sue saysAugust 6, 2018 at 12:49 pm
Correction: Helen Keller is buried in The National Cathedral in DC
Lucille Grover saysApril 7, 2020 at 7:05 pm
I lived at arkin ridge when I four years old, my mom was her secretary. We have signed pictures, many newspaper articles about her. Would love to see a museum there. I personally would love to revisit the homestead.
Lesley Anne Hone saysOctober 14, 2021 at 6:28 pm
I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. now live in Halifax West Yorkshire. UK As a child in 1962, I was visiting my aunt who worked for Helen Keller as housekeeper I think, we visited her home for the day, playing in the garden and having tea there. She was very interested in knowing two children and their mother were here from Scotland and had come to visit.
I have photographs taken in the garden and in the house.
Tom saysOctober 20, 2021 at 6:26 am
How do you make arrangements to visit her home?