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Keeping track of
the poet's houses

John Greenleaf Whittier 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

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John Greenleaf Whittier home
The Whittier House
86 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-1337

Open May 1-October 31
Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm
Winter by appointment

John Greenleaf Whittier
was a citizen of Amesbury
and lived here 1836-1892
John Greenleaf Whittier home
Whittier Family Homestead
& Poet's Birthplace

308 Whittier Road
Haverhill, MA
(508) 373-3979
Open May 1- October 31
Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1-5 pm

Open Nov 1 - April 30
Tues - Fri & Sun 1-5 pm, Sat 10am - 5pm

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Historic Homes of
John Greenleaf Whittier

(Click on thumbnails for full-sized
image and description of each card.)

Image 1 Image 2 Image 3
Image 4 Image 5 Image 6
Image 7 Image 8 Image 9

All images courtesy of J. Dennis Robinson
from the Image Library.
Scans and notes © 2000

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