John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace

305 Whittier Road
Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-3979

Thomas Whittier, the pioneer, chose wisely in selecting the site of the homestead when he acquired 148 acres of land beside a brook which could furnish sufficient water for his farm needs and turn the wheel of his grist mill as well. Here, in 1688, in a small pleasant valley under the shoulder of Job's Hill, he built the house which was to be the Whittier family homestead for five generations and the birthplace of the Quaker Poet and Abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier on December 17, 1807. John Greenleaf Whittier was born in the southwest parlor of the Whittier Homestead. In 1831, he brought out a book of prose works, Legends of New England, and in 1866, the publication of Snow-Bound brought him financial comfort. Whittier's popularity continued into the next century, and he was considered one of the 19th century's "Fireside Poets." The Whittier Homestead is an outstanding example of the old New England farm and has been operated as such, without interruption, since the beginning. Its charm lies in the simple and homely atmosphere which has surrounded it since colonial days. The house itself, located on its original site, is substantially the same as when the poet lived here from 1807 until 1836, and is the setting of his most famous and beloved poem, Snow-Bound. Designations: National Register of Historic Places (1975).


Open April 7 - November 30: Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 am. – 4:00 pm.; Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00pm


Adults: $5; Seniors (62 and over): $3; Students (18 and over): $3; Students (under 18): $2; Youth Groups: $1 (per person); Whittier Club Members: Free

Driving Directions: 

I -495 North or South, take exit 52 (Route 110). Turn east onto Amesbury Road/Route 110 and follow road for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Whittier Road.


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