Helen Adams Keller was born on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia, a small rural town
in Northwest Alabama, USA. The daughter of Captain Arthur Henley Keller and
Kate Adams Keller she was born with full sight and hearing.
Kate Keller was a tall, statuesque blond with blue eyes. She was some twenty
years younger than her husband Captain Keller, a loyal southerner who had
proudly served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
The house they lived in was a simple, white, clapboard house built in 1820
by Helen's grandparents. At the time of Helen's birth the family were far from
wealthy with Captain Keller earning a living as both a cotton plantation owner
and the editor of a weekly local newspaper, the "North Alabamian".
Helen's mother, as well as working on the plantation, would save money by
making her own butter, lard, bacon and ham.