"Once, ah, once, within these walls..."

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts.

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

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2022 Fall Lecture Series

This year's series explores the site's connections to art, scholarship, stewardship, and community. Join us!

Interior photo of Longfellow House library, photo credit David Bohl

How to visit inside the house

All inside visits are by guided tour with a park ranger. Learn more about tours and outdoor programs!

Detail of saber handle engraved C.A. Longfellow over background of manuscript letter

The Longfellow Family in the Civil War

This online exhibit complements the temporary exhibit on view during the 2022 open season.

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Be a B.A.R.K. Ranger!

Know how you and your dog can help care for this special place by taking the B.A.R.K. Ranger pledge!

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Black History

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

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Washington's Cambridge Headquarters

We consider George Washington's views on race, slavery, freedom, and leadership at his Cambridge headquarters.

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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.

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Fanny Longfellow

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

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George Washington

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

Last updated: September 30, 2022

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