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A Piece of American History Lives at the Walt Whitman House

June 21, 2016 | klein

It might surprise you to know that legendary poet Walt Whitman only ever owned one home, but it's true. This modest artist built his home in Camden in 1848, a relatively unassuming building made of wood—a stark contrast to the more regal red-brick structures that sandwich it today. And yet the Walt Whitman House, as its known today, was the site of some of Whitman's greatest writing.

He lived in this home when he got his first big break as the man behind Leaves of Grass, the work that propelled him to international stardom. The ensuing parties and houseguests could have potentially distracted him from his craft, but he still managed to write his largest collection of poetry before passing away in 1892. You can explore its many rooms today when you visit the Walt Whitman House, letting your imagination decide exactly where he came up with some of his most famous lines.

Walt Whitman House
330 Mickle Boulevard
Camden, NJ 08103
(856) 964-5383
www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/whitman
www.yelp.com/biz/walt-whitman-house-camden

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