Walt Whitman Birthplace, Huntington Station

#13 of 35 in Historic Sites in Long Island
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Birthplace of Walt Whitman on May 31, 1819. The site is operated by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. WWBA is Walt Whitman’s voice today, celebrating the poet’s vision of democracy, diversity, and creativity. Our programs and exhibits educate the public on Whitman’s life and times, explore his contribution to our nation’s rich cultural heritage, and inspire young poets and writers.


Things to do at the Walt Whitman Birthplace:

Newly restored farmhouse, birthplace of America’s greatest poet, built c.1819 by Whitman’s father. New York State Historic Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nineteenth century furnishings, unusual architecture. Interpretive Center exhibits: 130 Whitman portraits, original letters, manuscripts, artifacts, Whitman’s voice on tape, and schoolmaster’s desk. Guided tours, audio-visual show, library, museum shop/bookstore, and picnic area. Maps available for auto/hiking tour of beautiful historic West Hills. Air-conditioned Visitors Center and restrooms. All facilities handicapped accessible. Poetry readings, lectures, concerts, special events year round.

Audio-visual programs

Educational services

Gift shop

Group tours (Reservations required)

Guided tours

Historic House

Interpretive Signs


Visitor Center/Museum

Hiking (On the Walt Whitman Trail)
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  • It’s a really cool Historic Site to check out. The tour is really informative. The interpretation center has great information and a fantastic gift shop to grab a text to read. Beautiful site worth...  more »
  • En route between New York and Sag Harbor, great admirors of Walt Whitman, we stopped in Huntington on a foggy December morning. The museum and the house were closed to the public, and seeing our...  more »
  • Everyone owes it to themselves to visit The Walt Whitman Birthplace because Whitman is the father of American Poetry allowing all of us the freedom of free verse and beyond. There are many, many programs to enjoy year long. Hiking in the area where he walked, too. Promise me you will use the internet today to see what's happening at The Walt Whitman Birthplace and plan a visit soon!
  • Great place for kids, teens and adults alike - interested in the literary arts and history. The grounds are amazing. To see where someone in history spent their time, shared with family and loved ones, and the actual works shared is also what makes the experiences there very special. They also host and provide other programs free and/or at cost to the public and private guests. Walt Whitman Birthplace is a must visit.

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