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Inside the Whittier Home
Amesbury, MA
Part 4: Whittier's Study
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English lit majors should not enter this room without a defibrillator. This room has been kept exactly as Whittier left it right down to the carpets, wallpaper and details. There is a musty scent of the past and it is easy to imagine the poet working here at his desk near the store with the humidifier. (Whittier disliked being cold.) The image can be seen in postcards 80 years old.

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Details are complete right down to the items on the desk - all belonged to the poet. If every a room held a "presence" of person, this is it. Whittier worked here most of his life and it was his private space, as well as room where he visited with fellow writers and abolitionists.

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This is the second worst photo we've ever taken, but we couldn't resist. This is the port hole where Whittier's pet bird flitted in and out of the room, we're told.

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In the corner, Whittier's boots and hat, just as he may have left them . We see in an earlier postcard, however, that someone has been doing some housecleaning within the last century - objects have been moved a bit.

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Talk about a time warp. Here on the table is a magazine featuring a story on Whittier. In it, if you look carefully, is an engraving of Whittier's study, the very room we're standing in. We feel a cold chill as a spirit walks through the room searching for a missing book. Whittier actually died in New Hampshire while visiting friends. The poet and his family members are buried in an Amesbury cemetery on the other side of town.


Disposable images and text by J. Dennis Robinson
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