"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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2021 Holiday Season

Enjoy safe, neighborhood-wide festivities, including our second annual Harvard Square Poetry Stroll!

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Explore the Grounds

New self-guided tour! Stories of a changing landscape and immersive games for all ages.

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Kimonos in the Longfellow Collection

Through this virtual exhibit, explore the history of the kimonos collected by Charles Longfellow during his twenty months in Japan.

Blue butterfly mounted in display frame.

Longfellow's Green Rhyme and Verse

This new article series considers Longfellow and his contemporaries at the intersection of art and nature.

Historical document reading Anthony Vassall / Coby Vassall

Bondage and the Building of Brattle St.

We explore the early history of 105 Brattle Street, focusing on the history of slavery and emancipation at the site.

Historical map showing Boston Harbor and Dorchester Heights

Washington's Cambridge Headquarters

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

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: December 8, 2021

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