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Official Alabama Outdoor Drama
The Miracle Worker
In 1962, the first production of William Gibson's drama, The Miracle Worker, was performed on the grounds of Ivy Green. Ivy Green was the birthplace of Helen Keller. The house is listed on the national register of historic places.
Visitors gather in Tuscumbia each June for the annual, week-long Helen Keller Festival. The celebration includes a parade through downtown, stage entertainment, arts and crafts, an art auction, tour of historic sites, puppet shows, a variety of sports tournaments, and athletic events. The festival also marks the beginning of the outdoor performances of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker. The play is performed each summer on Friday and Saturday nights on the Ivy Green grounds. The play relates the story of Helen Keller's early life and her teacher Anne Sullivan.
Located on a 640 acre tract in historic Tuscumbia, Ivy Green was built in 1820 by David Keller, grandfather of Helen Keller. The main house is of Virginia cottage construction, with four large rooms on the first floor bisected by a wide hall. Each room boasts an individual fireplace. Upstairs are three rooms connected by a hall. The birthplace cottage is situated east of the main house and consists of a large room and play room. The home and museum rooms are decorated with much of the original furniture of the Keller family.
The Miracle Worker became the State Outdoor Drama in 1991 by Act no. 91-37.
300 West North Commons
Acts of Alabama, April 30, 1991
Alabama Museums Directory, February 1994
Ivy Green Brochure, nd.
Updated: January 19, 2010