Keeping track of
Victorian poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) loaned his name to a lot of real estate. At least four houses claim his name, not to mention a mountain in New Hampshire and towns, streets, inns and schools all over the nation. The bestselling author of the "barefoot boy" and popularized Maud Muller and Barbara Frietchie still clings to a remnant of his literary fame, even today.
This early postcard tour focuses on Amesbury, MA and the house he called home most of his adult life. Whittier had lived here 30 years and was 59 before his fame suddenly blossomed. We picked up these postcards in the gift shop there to accompany our own Disposable Camera Tour of the poet's domicile. Compare our photos with the postcards to see how little has changed in the last hundred years since the house was established as a museum.
In addition, we've added images of Whittier's birthplace in Haverhill, MA, his place on Oak Knoll in Danvers, MA, and an early image of the house where Whittier died in North Hampton, NH. He died in the Granite State that he loved and pictured so often in his poetry. --- JDR
We visit the Amesbury Home
See more Early Postcards
Read Whittier poems and articles
TOURING WHITTIER HOMES
Historic Homes of
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