The house at 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge was witness to many significant events. It was here that George Washington took command of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The first use in the United States of anesthesia for childbirth was administered to Fanny Longfellow at the house. Famous literary figures such as Charles Dickens and Nathaniel Hawthorne were visitors, as were politicians, actors, musicians, and others.
People lived and worked in the house for over 190 years. Learn about George Washington's time at his Cambridge Headquarters and the members of the Longfellow family who called the house home.
In this home, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote most of the poetry that made him a household name, including Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, and "Paul Revere's Ride."
Longfellow's descendants donated the contents of the house along with the property, resulting in rich and varied collections. American, European, and Asian artwork, furniture, and decorative objects are found throughout the house. The Longfellows' outstanding library includes books in more than 30 languages. The Longfellow house was truly a cosmopolitan home.
Stories about the people and collections make the site come to life. They connect the house at 105 Brattle Street to national and international events and movements, including the abolition of slavery and the humanitarian response to World War I.