Just another Looking for Whitman weblog

pumpkin picking and whitman..

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferying at 9:04 pm on Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yesterday I went to a farm in Long Island to go pumpkin picking and I was at a red light, the GPS said that my destination was nearby, maybe like 2-3 minutes away but the area did not look farm-ish at all. There were office buildings around so I started looking around to see if there is actually a farm nearby, and when I looked up , in front of me, was this sign that said “Walt Whitman”, the sign was a few cars ahead but it was clear enough to read that it said Walt Whitman. I was really shocked so I grabbed my camera and tried to snap some pictures. I only got to snap two pictures because the light turned green and I was on my way to the farm.. PA100101

But I find it really amazing how in the randomist places, you can find Whitman because I’ve been trying to take pictures of Whitman items or things that remind me of him but I haven’t had any luck, so it was really great when i saw that street sign. It was like a sign of him telling me that he does exist.

and the  the farm was nearby and heres me with all the pumpkins 😀

And have a great columbus day everyone!

“In 1819, Walt Whitman was born at a farmhouse in West Hills built by his father circa 1810. The Birthplace was restored in 2001 and it is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship. The Birthplace is the only NYS Historic Site on Long Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the White House Millennium Council named it an “American Treasure.” In 2007, the Walt Whitman Trail, which begins at the Birthplace, was designated a National Recreational Trail by the US Dept. of the Interior.”

The signs were actually pointing to a Walt Whitman historic site. The site is call The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, and it is an attraction of the birthplace of Whitman. Whitman’s father built the house himself in 1819. The historic site is located at 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, South Hungtington, NY 11743.

Here is an image of the historic site today. Which is also the house Whitman was born in. slideshow01




Comment by Matthew Gold

October 11, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

Hi Jennifer,

You were near hallowed ground! I’d like you to do a little detective work to see what those signs were pointing to . . .

I love the photos — thanks for sharing!

Prof. Gold


Comment by Claire Fontaine

October 12, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

This is a great story… he does seem to pop up in the strangest of places!

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