Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

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Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. The site is now closed for the season. We will reopen in May 2019! See the website for more information on programs and scheduling group tours.
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Adam T
York, UK641 contributions
Pretty gardens for a stroll
Sep 2019
We were sad to have missed the last house tour of the day (which you need to do in order to enter the house), so instead we went for a quick walk through the gardens which were also free. It was very pleasant and would love to return to see the house.
Written August 15, 2020
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Drew K
Des Peres, MO730 contributions
Wonderful Guided Tour
Oct 2019
We passed by the Longfellow house on a recent trip to Cambridge and joined the 60 minute guided tour by an NPS park ranger. He was extremely knowledgeable and gave a fantastic accoun of Washington's time as well as the his of the house from Longfellow's time.The fisrt floor is totally intact from Longfellow's time including his personal possessions. Rather than rope off the rooms, the house has carpet runners that the guidel ask you to honor.
Written October 24, 2019
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Ashfish47
6 contributions
Fascinating tour...
Sep 2019
What a wonderful house and garden. Staff gave an informative tour of the house in small groups. an opportunity to get to know some American history, with which we are so bound up. It was a real experience to see where Longfellow wrote Hiawatha and Evangeline, and to know all about his well educated children [girls too!]. Not very well signposted though so we had a bit of trouble finding it.
Written October 11, 2019
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Vince G
Pasadena, MD5 contributions
Parking Dilemma
Aug 2019
The site is nice, but there is only limited street parking for the visitors. I parked for a total of three minutes so that I could run inside and ask the ranger for suggestions. I then ran back outside to move the car and finally found an empty meter spot on Hawthorn. The meter maid (yes, I mean that) was nasty when I asked her a question, but I chalked it up as her being a rude person. When we finished our tour, we found a $30 parking ticket way down on the windshield, barely noticeable. When I disputed the ticket, I received back the following: "After careful review, we have denied..." Major boos to the City of Cambridge and to the impolite meter maid.

On a positive note, Ranger Nicole was a wealth of information and an awesome personality. She made the visit one that I'll remember.
Written September 2, 2019
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Sandirp
Pickerington, OH148 contributions
Lots of history
Aug 2019
It's FREE!!! A one hour tour of such a historic home that weaves Washington and Longfellow into the same home. What is amazing is that the belongings aren't reproductions or period pieces, they are the real deal from Longfellow's days. My Longfellow history was seriously lacking but even I thought this was a great tour. Our guide was a bit long-winded but we learned a lot in the way of details.
Written August 8, 2019
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W W
Cambridge, MA15 contributions
Beautiful formal garden behind a house with amazing history
Jul 2019 • Family
I live nearby and love to visit the garden. It gives everyone delight along with some peace. And it is right near Longfellow park, key churches and the Quaker Meeting House, which serves as a polling place for Cambridge residents. Lovely
Written July 21, 2019
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Sandra C
New Hampshire13 contributions
Footprints in Literary History
Jun 2019 • Friends
Longfellow has long been a favorite poet, so visiting his home in Cambridge has been on my bucket list. During a tour of the house, I learned that Longfellow could read nine different languages, was an avid abolitionist and contributor to abolitionist causes, and translated the first complete American version of Dante's "The Divine Comedy". Seeing his amazing library, family portraits, writing table, and memorabilia brings a greater appreciation for his place in literary history.
Written July 5, 2019
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BRodrig
Hillsboro, OR45 contributions
Knowledgeable tour
Jun 2019 • Friends
Our visit to the National Park Service’s Longfellow house/Washington headquarters was an unexpected treat! There was a nice little garden outside and a small visitor center but our tour guide was knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed talking about Longfellow, his house and Washington’s base there. The House was filled with furniture, photos and artifacts but what made the tour so good were her stories. It is just a few blocks from Harvard Square and worth the visit!
Written June 13, 2019
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TravellinWhirl
Boston, MA130 contributions
Walk Through History
Jun 2019 • Solo
The house was once the Boston headquarters for General Washington and later became the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his family. The house is filled with the Longfellow family's possessions and it feels as if they have just stepped out for a walk in their garden. The poet's writing desk and papers are there to see, like he was working on a poem just now. Speaking of the garden, it's a lovely, peaceful spot out back filled with greens and flowers with a pergola to sit for a rest.

Entry to the house and gardens, and the tour by the National Park Service are free. There is a donation box by the exit door in the visitor shop if you are so inclined. The tour, which I recommend and is the only way to see the house, covers the history of the house and its occupants, and a bit of U.S. history for context, as well as a few recitations of Longfellow poems. Very nice.
Written June 12, 2019
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SteveJ0531
Boston, MA42 contributions
Great history venue
Mar 2019 • Couples
If you're into U.S. history, you can't get much better than this. It is Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site and run by the National Park Service. Enjoy!
Written June 4, 2019
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