Special Event


Washington's Arrival 2023

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site



Dates & Times


Saturday, July 1, 2023


12:00 PM


4 hours

Type of Event

Living History


In mid-July 1775, General George Washington established a nine month headquarters at 105 Brattle Street during the Siege of Boston. Washington's camp would come to include the general and Mrs. Washington, enslaved and free laborers, aides, soldiers, and military advisors.
Join living history actors John Koopman and Sandy Spector and the staff of Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS to learn more about General Washington's camp in Cambridge. Activities include:
  • Meet George and Martha Washington
  • Deep Dive House Tour: Slavery and Freedom at 105 Brattle Street (2:30 PM, call 617-876-4491 for reservations)
  • Self guided grounds walk: Reexamining Washington's Legacy
  • Declare Your Independence! kids' activity
  • Self guided neighborhood tours (NPS app): Loyalists of Cambridge and The Continental Army in Cambridge
General Washington's time in Cambridge were characterized by both uncertainty and decisiveness, growth as a leader, and his early rise as a national figure. Today, we grapple with Washington's legacy as an enslaver and "the asserter of liberty," and how both influenced his decision making during the Siege of Boston. The community that formed at Cambridge headquarters included free, enslaved, and recently self-emancipated people.
Come learn more about this complex story; drop in between noon-4:00 PM. Free and open to all.

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Emily Levine

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