Longfellow National Historic Site

Longfellow National Historic Site

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Longfellow National Historic Site

Massachusetts

(617) 876-4491

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Overview

Longfellow National Historic Site is an outstanding example of a historic site representing the themes of arts and literature. For almost half a century (1837-1882) this was the home of one of the world's foremost poets, scholars and educators, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow House is also significant in America's colonial history. General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the newly-formed Continental Army, headquartered and planned the Siege of Boston here between July, 1775 and April, 1776. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime and continues to influence cultural and historical perceptions. He and his immediate and extended family and friends played a central role in the intellectual and artistic life of nineteenth century America and are credited with shaping a distinctly American identity and culture. Longfellow House was a favorite gathering place for many prominent philosophers and artists including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julia Ward Howe, and Charles Sumner.

Map of Longfellow

Latitude, Longitude: 42.376807, -71.126390

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    During the open season, tours of the house are offered on a first-come first-served basis. Not all tours of the house are the same. Some focus on Henry Longfellow's poetry, another might discuss George Washington's residency, and a third could focus on the art, furniture or some other aspect of the house and its story. If you are interested in a specific theme or part of the house's history, be sure to inquire with the rangers. The tours encompass rooms on the first and second floors of the house, and generally last about 45 minutes.

    Free one hour neighborhood walking tours are also offered. Topics for the tours change daily, and no reservations are required. Walking tours start in the Visitor Center.

    Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site offers a variety of special events during the year, including during the winter and early spring months when the site does not offer regularly scheduled tours. Please check the website periodically for details of upcoming programs, especially the Schedule of Events and What's New sections.

    Special group and student tours are available, staff permitting. Please call (617) 876-4491 for information. Other special tours and events offered during the off season will be listed on the web site.

    The gardens and grounds are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. Apart from handicapped parking, there is no on-site visitor parking available. Metered parking is available on Brattle Street and other nearby roads. Several parking garages and lots are located in Harvard Square, a ten minute walk from Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site. The Harvard Square subway station, located in Harvard Square, is also a ten minute walk from the site.

Seasonality/Weather

Special group and student tours are available, staff permitting. Please call for information.

The gardens and grounds are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk every day.

Directions

Driving

From I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike: Take the Allston/Cambridge exit towards Cambridge. Cross over bridge and turn left onto Memorial Drive. Follow Memorial Drive past major intersection with John F. Kennedy Street and bear right onto Hawthorn Street. Take next left onto Mt. Auburn Street and next right onto Willard Street. Turn right onto Brattle Street at next intersection. Longfellow NHS will be on immediate left at #105.

From Points North/Rt. 128: Take Route 2 exit towards Boston/Cambridge. Follow Fresh Pond Parkway and turn left onto Mt. Auburn Street. Turn left onto Willard Street and right onto Brattle Street. Longfellow NHS will be on immediate left at #105.

Flying

The park is located approximately 6.5 miles from Boston Logan International Airport. Estimated driving time is 20 minutes.

Public Transportation

From Downtown Boston by MBTA/Subway: Take Red Line (Alewife) train outbound. Exit at Harvard Square and follow signs out of station for Church Street. At intersection of Church and Brattle Streets, turn right onto Brattle and walk for 7-10 minutes. Longfellow NHS is on right hand side of Brattle St. at #105.

Phone Numbers

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(617) 876-4491

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