I wonder why there hasn't been a major film with Whitman as the
central character? It would be excellent! The Civil War, early New
York City. Epic!
--- In americanbard@ yahoogroups. com, Dan Osterman
<dan_illustration@ ...> wrote:
> You are looking for the
> Stafford Farmhouse
> Maple Avenue, Laurel Springs, NJ
> The Stafford family in 1872 or so invited him out once and he kept
going out there for quite a while until he couldn't anymore. At one
point he developed a "crush" the son and they still talk about it in
the neighborhood. The house has been restored and I think tours are
> I remember as a teenager reading Whitman's journals and a
> discription of a place he called the "Summers farm". He wrote that
> to get out of the city for needed recooperation he would
> occationally visit (friends?) the farm and enjoyed some time with
> nature which restored his spirits, etc.
> Is anyone familiar with this writing in the journals, and is there
> any hope of finding the location of the Summers farm ? As a
> I fantasized that it was somewhere near where I grew up in
> Burlington County near the Rancocas River possibly Morestown area
> about eight miles from Camden.
> The discription he gave in his journals was so much like the area
> and I hoped that if it was, then possibly I knew the place.
> Perhaps I'm still fantasizing, but for years the curiosity lingers.