• Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his study, circa 1875.

    Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters

    National Historic Site Massachusetts


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow may have been a famous poet, but he was not the only interesting member of the family. His wife Fanny was an intelligent, forward-thinking woman who engaged in literary pursuits and artwork. Henry and Fanny's children included Charley, an adventurous traveler, and Alice, an important figure in the advancement of women's education and an early proponent of historic preservation. Click on the links in the navigation menu to read more about some individual members of the Longfellow family.

Did You Know?

Charles Longfellow, c. 1863.

Even though Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a pacifist, in 1863 his oldest child Charles ran away to join the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.