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Education Programs

Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic site - with its vast collection of historic artifacts and family papers - is an exciting setting for learning about 19th century history and poetry. Ranger-guided school programs are developed in collaboration with classroom teachers and align with Massachusetts learning standards.

Educational programs are:

  • Free of charge
  • Led by National Park Service Rangers
  • Offered March through mid-May, Tuesday through Thursday mornings
  • Require Reservations*

*School programs are suspended for 2022 due to indoor occupancy limits. In the mean time, we're creating new and exciting offerings for your students - please join us in 2023!


Within the Walls of Castle Craigie

  • Grades 3 to 5, group size up to 30 students and chaperones
  • Offered mornings, Tuesday through Thursday
  • 2 Hour Session

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow valued, respected,and drew inspiration from all kinds of people. He turned the lessons he learned into poems that inspired the world. This free program includes two components: a ranger-led tour of the Longfellow House and a poetry writing workshop.

During the house exploration, students read poems aloud to discover what inspired Longfellow to write some of his most popular poems. The poetry workshop encourages students to express their responses to their own sources of inspiration.

Program includes pre-visit materials to prepare students for their visit.

Last updated: March 15, 2022

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