• Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his study, circa 1875.

    Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Nature & Science

The Gray Catbird is often heard at Longfellow NHS, but seldom seen, as it usually hides in dense undergrowth.

Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site consists of just under two acres situated in a mostly built-up environment. The grounds feature three structures, the house, carriage barn, and a pergola surrounded by lawns and formal gardens. Despite its small size and location next to the city of Boston, the park possesses natural resources in the form of plants and animals.

Many people visit the site to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the garden and grounds, and possibly encounter some urban wildlife. Explore the links on the menu to the left to find out about some of the bits of nature that can be found at a small park in a city.

Did You Know?

Engraving of Washington taking command of the army.

George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army in Cambridge on July 3, 1775. The house at 105 Brattle Street served as his headquarters for the next nine months.