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Renowned Historical Home for the Blind in New York

Welcome to Rest Haven, Inc., a historical home for the blind community that Helen Keller once managed. This invaluable historical site is open to the public, aiming to foster cultural heritage and provide a captivating platform for historical education. Whether you’re an avid history enthusiast, a seeker of inspiration, or a curious soul, we invite you to step into Rest Haven, Inc. and uncover its fascinating history. Join us in preserving, learning, and celebrating the legacy that unites us.

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Milestone Recognition and Historical Designations

It was once written that the question of whether the name Rest Haven would have future significance or simply become a part of Monroe’s history was yet to be answered.

That question was answered on March 23, 2017, exactly one year after 236 High Street LLC signed the property contract. Rest Haven, Inc.’s long-awaited recognition for its contribution to society as an adult home residence for the blind, disabled, and more was marked by its designation as a historical site in Monroe, NY.

The designation was awarded for two reasons:

  • Criterion C: Rest Haven, Inc. was recognized for its colonial revival-style architecture, standing proudly since 1903.
  • Criterion A: In this criterion, Rest Haven, Inc. was highlighted for its role in health/medicine, providing solace and support to the blind community.

Additionally, in a 2017 nomination paper, NYS Preservation Analysis, William E. Krattinger, and his committee endorsed Rest Haven, Inc. as a potential national landmark.

On April 19, 2017, the Warwick Valley Dispatch wrote a follow-up story 114 years later about Rest Haven, Inc. The Wright family has owned and operated this paper since 1885.

Restoration and Preservation Efforts

The preservation of Rest Haven, Inc. is dedicated to restoring the original Rest Haven, Home for the Blind to its former glory. Different efforts were made, such as assembling a fascinating collection of information from various sources to illustrate the history of this “stately mansion” (1903).

Here are some fascinating facts about Rest Haven, Inc.:

  • In 1923, Rest Haven, Inc. was named one of the most beautiful homes in Monroe.
  • Helen Keller served as a board trustee and worked to keep Rest
  • Haven, Inc.’s doors open until her death in 1968.
    On March 23, 2017, Rest Haven, Inc. was designated a historical site.

Our hope is to complete the restoration of Rest Haven, Inc. and open it to the public as an educational center. We believe this historic property can be a valuable resource for educating and inspiring future generations about the history of the blind community and the importance of accessibility and inclusion.

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Helen Keller’s Life and Legacy

About Rest Haven, Inc.

Rest Haven, Inc. is a historical building in Monroe, NY, formerly a home for the blind. It is the only single historical structure located in Monroe. The owner, 236 High Street LLC, is dedicated to renovating this home to capture its original look while promoting its historical significance and the impact that Helen Keller, an American author and teacher, had on the blind community who lived there.

A Tribute to Helen Keller

From 1923 to 1968, Rest Haven, Inc. operated as a home for blind women, and Helen Keller played a significant role in the management of the residence, serving as a board trustee until her death in 1968. Upon learning this historical information and as a tribute to Helen Keller, the owner has made a commitment to preserve this invaluable historical site and reopen its doors, allowing the public to walk the grounds that Helen Keller once graced.

The Owner and His Daughters

Inspired by his three daughters—April, Kimberly, and Katie—Mr. Mitts hopes to unlock a piece of history lost over time. April is helping with the project while her sisters Kimberly and Katie complete their RN degrees from Pace University™. Though many are familiar with the life and legacy of Helen Keller, we are honored to be renovating this historical site for others to enjoy while gaining inspiration from its historical importance and beauty.

Contact us to learn more about our preservation efforts for Rest Haven, Inc.