Textiles, Clothing and Domestic Items
This collection consists of over 400 Longfellow, Dana, and Thorp family clothing items from the eighteenth to early twentieth century. Included are waistcoats, jackets, trousers, hats, caps, bonnets, shoes, gowns, parasols, children's clothing, and stockings.
Of particular interest are:
*Charles Longfellow's Civil War
Other flat and rolled textiles consist of panels or fragments of curtains, drapes, upholstery, towels, blankets, slipcovers, rugs, runners, and carpets, all of which were used in the house.
Fanny Longfellow's father, Nathan Appleton, was one of the founders of the Lowell textile mills, and was a pioneer in American textile manufacturing.
Domestic and Utilitarian Items
Domestic items used by the Longfellow family include both recreational and personal objects, such as:
*Children's toys, dolls, and games.
Click here for a brochure on Longfellow National Historic Site's toy collection. (.pdf file, 405 KB)
Utilitarian items dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century include:
Did You Know?
Charles Sumner, the orator and senator from Massachusetts, was one of Henry Longfellow's best friends and a frequent visitor to the house on Brattle Street.