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Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 85 things to do in Cambridge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. See the website for more information on programs and scheduling group tours.
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Ranger Rob made the history of this lovely home come alive. Only a short walk from Harvard U. so you can take the student led tour of Harvard and tour the house in the same day. The chocolate shop L. A.Burdick is on the way between the two. The house is on Brattle also known as Tory Road. George Washington also stayed in the house for 9 months. The walk there is lovely and an easy walk from the subway in Cambridge. Make sure you also ask the link between Radcliff College and Longfellow. Ranger Rob will get you so excited you will want to start reading Longfellow even if you had never heard of him. Check on the tour times as you can't tour on your own.

Thank McSmith4
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Although I was not that well versed in Longfellow's work, the tour left me inspired to learn more about the man and his poetry after the tour. The house is *perfectly* preserved, with over 7000 authentic items from the original families that have occupied the house over about 3 or 4 generations. The Adams house in Lexington was all reproductions or what the historians *thought* would be in their houses. The Longfellow house you knew what you were seeing were the real items used in their every day lives. And they were, without a doubt, a very wealthy family, there are amazing antique items from Europe, Japan and China due to their world travels, as well as marble busts, priceless oil paintings and more.

The young Ranger who gave the tour really knew her history and told a good story and even recited about 3 partial Longfellow poems for us.

And leave some time to admire the perfectly manicured English garden.

A short stroll from Harvard Square, this is a must see!

1  Thank Sharon D
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

"All houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses..." Longfellow wrote from his study overlooking Brattle Street. It's the same room used by George Washington a hundred years earlier when he first took over the colonial troops on the Cambridge Common a few short blocks away. You can feel the spirits here as did Longfellow when he wrote, "Along the passages they come and go, impalpable impressions on the air, a sense of something moving to and fro."
This is where Longfellow's beloved wife died tragically in an accidental fire started by her young child. But don't worry. The ghosts are all benign. The grounds are lovely and the gardens have been restored. A charming place to rest from the lively chaos that is Harvard Square.

Thank WestCambridgeLady
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I am slightly partial to this wonderful museum. My husband is a descendant of the man (John Vassall) who originally built & lived in this house!!! When we arranged our trip to the Boston area, we were very disappointed that this beautiful home was not yet open for tours. I contacted the museum, and they were very gracious & gave us a wonderful private tour! I cannot say enough about our tour guides, Anna & Kate. They were wonderful!! Extremely knowledgeable on the beginnings of the home & the subsequent owners. They went out of their way to make our visit a wonderful one!!! The home has been added on to, and changed over the years, however, they made a point to show us what was original and what wasn't!! I highly recommend this tour for everyone. The home & the gardens are amazing!!

Thank Sammilee831
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Like so many places in Cambridge, this house has layer upon layer of historical connections. It was the house of a prominent loyalist until the Revolutionary War broke out, then became George Washington's army headquarters, and later was home to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet and Harvard professor. His wife died tragically while they lived here.

Take a free tour; it's fascinating. Come in the spring when the old-fashioned garden is blooming and you can look out the upstairs window at the Charles River flowing by across the lawn.

Thanks to the National Park Service for another beautiful treasure.

Thank ii2yeah
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