The Walt Whitman common room is a wonderful place to relax, read a good book, meet people or chat with new friends. Wood floors are a highlight of this room that features antique furnishings and paintings. There is ample space for relaxation, whether it is lounging in an armchair as the fireplace flickers in the background, or reading the latest novel and sipping a glass of complimentary Sherry or Port while sitting in one of the comfortable sofas. Afternoon refreshments as well as wine and cheese are being served in the Walt Whitman room or on one of the outside patios.
Walt Whitman began his career as a teacher in the one-room school houses of Long Island. He continued to teach until 1841, when he turned to journalism, founded a "free soil" newspaper and continued to develop his unique style of poetry.
In 1855, Whitman took out a copyright on the first edition of "Leaves of Grass".
Whitman struggled to support himself through most of his life. In the early 1870s, Whitman settled in Camden, Maine, to prepare the 1882 publication of "Leaves of Grass" and his final volume of poems and prose, "Good-Bye, My Fancy" (1891).