"The Past and Present here unite..."

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves a remarkable Georgian house whose occupants shaped our nation. It was a site of colonial enslavement and community activism, George Washington’s first long-term headquarters of the American Revolution, and the place where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his canon of 19th-century American literature.

Visit our keyboard shortcuts docs for details
4 minutes, 54 seconds

Explore the designed landscape, layered history, and rich museum collections of Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site.

Visitors with backs to the camera, ranger facing camera in a Victorian parlor
How to Visit Inside the House

All inside visits are by guided tour with a park ranger. Plan your free tour experience today. Tours run May 24-October 28, 2024.

artifacts in exhibit cases, including children's artwork
Visit Temporary Exhibits

Visit the temporary exhibit, "'The Patter of Little Feet': A Longfellow Childhood," on exhibit May to October 2024.

Crowd seated on chairs and blankets on lawn to watch concert
2024 Summer Arts Festival

Celebrate poetry, music, and community at the annual Longfellow Summer Festival, June 2-August 25!

Manuscript with mark of Anthony Vassal, a "T"
Black History

Explore stories of slavery and resistance; of freedom and community; and of abolition and education.

Two women seated on long rustic porch, looking over lake. One woman faces towards the camera in a ro
LGBTQ History

Join us in exploring the lives of LGBTQ people, and the resonance of these stories today.

Bust-length portrait of Henry Longfellow with white hair and beard
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The beloved American poet made Cambridge his home for more than 45 years.

Full-length photograph of woman standing in floor-length dress
Fanny Longfellow

Henry Longfellow's wife was his domestic and literary partner and an astute observer of antebellum American society.

Bust of George Washington
George Washington

In this house, General George Washington shaped the new Continental Army and grew as a leader, commander, and person.

Last updated: July 8, 2024

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

105 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


(617) 876-4491

Contact Us