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The bronze statue of Walt Whitman, called (Credit: Alessandra Malito)

The bronze statue of Walt Whitman, called "Whitman with Butterfly," was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of a Buddhist community leader's visit to the Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills. (Feb. 23, 2012)

Walt Whitman Birthplace

The Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills is where the poet was born. The home is now owned and operated by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace tour takes visitors to
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The Walt Whitman Birthplace tour takes visitors to the year 1819, when Whitman was born. (Feb. 23, 2012)

The parlor of the Walt Whitman Birthplace is
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The parlor of the Walt Whitman Birthplace is where the Whitmans would often entertain their guests or celebrate special occasions. (Feb. 23, 2012)

As the door to the Walt Whitman Birthplace
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As the door to the Walt Whitman Birthplace is opened, visitors leave the year 2012 and go back in time to 1819. (Feb. 23, 2012)

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The Walt Whitman Birthplace offers tours. The winter
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The Walt Whitman Birthplace offers tours. The winter hours are Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Feb. 23, 2012)

The first floor was considered a public space.
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The first floor was considered a public space. All of the moldings were different so that Walt Whitman's father, who was a carpenter, could show off his work to potential customers. (Feb. 23, 2012)

The bronze statue of Walt Whitman, called
(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

The bronze statue of Walt Whitman, called "Whitman with Butterfly," was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of a Buddhist community leader's visit to the Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills. (Feb. 23, 2012)

Old Walt Whitman Road is the street the
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Old Walt Whitman Road is the street the Whitman family saw from their windows. (Feb. 23, 2012)

Boys and girls would not leave their homes
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Boys and girls would not leave their homes without their hats and bonnets; some of the outfits are on show at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. (Feb. 23, 2012)

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During the summer months, this room in the
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During the summer months, this room in the Walt Whitman Birthplace could be stifling. (Feb. 23, 2012)

A bronze statue of Walt Whitman with a
(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

A bronze statue of Walt Whitman with a butterfly was donated by Soka Gakkai International-USA, a Buddhist community, to the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. (Feb. 23, 2012)

After a tour of the house, visitors can
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After a tour of the house, visitors can look at a map of other Walt Whitman-related organizations and locations. (Feb. 23, 2012)

There are more than 100 photographs of the
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There are more than 100 photographs of the poet on display in the Walt Whitman Birthplace. (Feb. 23, 2012)

The Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills is
(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

The Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills is where famous Long Island poet Walt Whitman lived for the first four years of his life. (Feb. 23, 2012)

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