One of the strengths of Longfellow National Historic Site, the extensive archives, manuscripts and photograph collection provides a rare opportunity to view eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century American history through the eyes of multiple generations of the Longfellow, Appleton, Dana and Wadsworth families. Various family members were actively involved in or were firsthand witnesses to the Revolutionary, Barbary and Civil Wars; nineteenth century American art, theater and literary culture, and politics; world travel; and social movements such as abolition, women’s education, historic preservation and socialism. In addition, the collection illuminates the daily lives of the house’s occupants with great immediacy; outlines the history and use of objects (now in the museum collections) acquired by the Longfellow family and documents changes to the structures and grounds. Longfellow NHS is associated with the Underground Railroad through Henry W. Longfellow’s financial contributions to freedom seekers, purchase of freedom seekers and court cases involving freedom seekers.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, Middlesex, 02138
National Park Unit: Yes
Ownership: Myra Harrison
Location Type: Facility