The Story of My Life includes a picture of Keller's family home, Ivy Green. It is a one-level clapboard house with a small covered front porch. It has three shuttered windows visible in front and three chimneys. It is an idyllic cottage on a flat, tree-studded lot. Although this does not show in the picture, Keller describes it as obscured by flora, writing
It was completely covered with vines, climbing roses and honeysuckles. From the garden it looked like an arbour. The little porch was hidden from view by a screen of yellow roses and Southern smilax. It was the favourite haunt of humming-birds and bees.
Helen's migration to a larger house at age five let her roam more rooms and gave her the opportunity to lock her mother in a pantry and Miss Sullivan, when she first arrived, in her room. Later, both Helen and Miss Sullivan enjoyed the orchards near the house.
Despite the anger and frustration caused to Helen by the illness that left her blind and deaf, she does describe a prosperous and pleasant Southern home of the post-Civil War period, where she and the young black girl Martha Washington sat on the veranda steps and also enjoyed participating in Christmas preparations.