South Huntington: Home to Whitman's Birthplace
Published Monday, March 28, 2016
Updated Monday, March 28, 2016
Author: Mike Hulter
South Huntington is a semi rural zone in the heart of Long Island and while it is holds a pleasant homely ambiance it is one of the last places expected to be couched in historical relevance. While New York is thoroughly immersed in points of historical interest, there is only one historic site on Long Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and that is the birthplace of Walt Whitman.
Whitman was born in 1819 and wrote in response to various topics such as immigration, slavery, Westward Expansion, and the Civil War. Whitman's unique and compelling style has kept him ranked as one of America's all time greatest poets. The birthplace is located just a few blocks from the Walt Whitman Shops right off Walt Whitman Road on Old Walt Whitman Road, and its obvious that the neighborhood truly celebrates their most memorable son. The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association maintains a 600 volume library that focuses on the works of Whitman and includes an original copy of "Leaves of Grass."
Beyond these nominal memorials, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association makes tireless efforts to come up with new ways of honoring the great poet such as their most recent "Favorite Poem Project" in which poetry lovers are encouraged to send in their favorite poem to be included in a historic anthology to document the state of poetry in modern American life. Another offering from the association is the recurring Walking With Whitman series in which they feature local and visiting poets and charge a nominal fee of $5 for members, $10 for non members. Another recurring event the association hosts is the monthly marathon reading of Whitman's masterwork "Leaves of Grass."
If you can't make it out for a simple perusal of the area the farmhouse and the library, make sure to at least make it for the Mother's Day High Tea for a tradition that's over 150 years old and is sure to charm all participants involved.