Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site preserves the birthplace of American poet Walt Whitman. The museum is operated by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) in collaboration with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The site consists of three structures: The historic birthplace, an interpretive center, and a gathering house for exhibitions and meetings. It offers guided tours, exhibits, an audio-visual show, events, a poet-in-residence program, and an annual poetry contest for local grade school students.
The interpretive center includes displays of portraits, letters, and manuscripts, and showcases Whitman's voice reading a few lines of his poem "America," originally recorded on an Edison wax cylinder.
The museum, housed in the birthplace, has 19th century furnishings, 130 Whitman portraits, original manuscripts and letters, artifacts, Whitman's voice on tape, and his schoolmaster's desk. The museum is open every day June 15 through Labor Day except for major holidays. In the winter it is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Walt Whitman is one of the primary characters in "Walt and Emily," the third novella in The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo.