"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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Work with Us

We're currently hiring paid interns to work in community programs, the historic garden, and the site's collections.

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NPGallery Digital Archives Portal

Explore digitized material from the photographic and manuscript collections.

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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.

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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: January 24, 2023

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