"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.

Crowd seated on chairs and blankets on lawn to watch concert

2022 Summer Arts Festival

Celebrate poetry, music, and community at the annual Longfellow Summer Festival!

Interior photo of Longfellow House library, photo credit David Bohl

Explore with a Guided Tour

Starting May 27, join park rangers for a guided house tour or outdoor program.

Detail of saber handle engraved C.A. Longfellow over background of manuscript letter

The Longfellow Family in the Civil War

This online exhibit complements the temporary exhibit on view during the 2022 open season.

Manuscript with mark of Anthony Vassal, a "T"

Black History

Explore stories of slavery and resistance; of freedom and community; and of abolition and education.

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.

Street map of Cambridge with blocks outlined and numbered in green and orange print

105 Brattle in the 1950 Census

On April 1, 2022, the National Archives released the 1950 US Census. What can this document tell us about the house at 105 Brattle Street?

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.

Full-length photograph of woman standing in floor-length dress

Fanny Longfellow

Henry Longfellow's wife was his domestic and literary partner and an astute observer of antebellum American society.

Bust of George Washington

George Washington

In this house, General George Washington shaped the new Continental Army and grew as a leader, commander, and person.

Last updated: May 16, 2022

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