Walt Whitman House & Museum - Camden, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 56.550 W 075° 07.446
18S E 489397 N 4421382
Quick Description: This landmark has a curator and a state park ranger who give tours of the house-museum. The tour lasted about 45 minutes. Admission is free for this Nat'l Historic Landmark. The house/museum is maintained by the N.J. State Park Service.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 8/14/2009 1:10:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM70FB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MikeGolfJ3
Views: 7

Long Description:

NO PHOTOS OF THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE/MUSEUM ARE ALLOWED! The main office is to the right of Walt's House. Knock on that door first. The office, Walt's house next door and the rest of the block are a NRHP site, not quite a district, but labeled a neighborhood. The museum itself is an NRHP site as well.

I called ahead and was immediately granted a private tour. it is good to call ahead, especially in the summer as it is not uncommon for busloads of children to be visiting. The house can only accommodate 10 people at a time. The ranger knew so much about Walt Whitman and this house. The museum has been redone to be as authentic as possible using old pictures for its restoration to original form. There is a collection of rare photographs, antique furnishings and fixtures and Whitman's original letters, personal belongings, his death notice which was nailed to the wall and his death bed, amongst some of the artifacts in this museum/house.

In 1884, Walt Whitman purchased a modest, two-story frame house on Mickle Street for $1,750. It is the only house he ever owned. He lived there until his death in 1892, at the age of seventy-two. Out front is a rectangular block of white-gray granite used as a "step-up" for carriages. The initials W W are carved atop this stone block.

I also found this which was interesting:
"Page Ayres Cowley Architects, LLC was retained to prepare an Historic Structures Report and Interior Furnishings Plan and to restore the house to the period when Walt Whitman lived there (1884-1892). Work includes the installation of a museum quality environmental control system, historic lighting and conservation of historic features, custom wallpapers, and floor finishes. This initial contract was extended to include the preparation of comprehensive construction documents for the historic house, replication of wall coverings and lighting and the rehabilitation of two adjacent structures for the resident site curator and museum association/library. This project received several preservation awards, including the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Award and the Victorian Society in America Award."
SOURCE

Theme:
Cultural History


Street Address:
Walt Whitman House in Camden
328 Mickle Boulevard
Camden, New Jersey 08103

Note: Mickle Blvd. Was renamed to honor Martin Luther King. The address reflects both names depending on where you look and who you ask.


Hours of Operation:
Call First ALWAYS (856) 964-5383

Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Groups and individuals are encouraged to telephone to confirm hours or schedule their visit.


Museum Size: Small

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

Food Court: Not Listed

Gift Shop: Not Listed

Cost: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
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