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Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Ranked #11 of 80 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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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. Site is now closed for the season. The 2017 season will run from May 24-October 29.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Visiting the Longfellow House is a very pleasant way to spend an hour away from the bustle of Harvard Square. The grounds are attractive and well kept and the garden area in the back was a very nice place to visit on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.

The house itself is a gem. It is hard to believe that it was constructed in 1759 and lived in until the 1970's. There are so many original artifacts to admire and the information passed along during the tour was very helpful in understanding all that we were looking at.

This free tour is something not to be missed when you are in the Cambridge/Harvard Square area.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Although I don't particularly like Longfellow's poetry, this house is important for so many reasons, including Washington using it. The house is in good condition, the guide was informative, it has lovely gardens, and wonderful views. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

A must see sight, knowledgeable staff, tours of the house are very informative, beautiful seasonal gardens, and a calendar of events in the summer season.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

This was a walking vacation but we took the T to Cambridge to tour the Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site and I am so happy we did. I found it searching the internet for George Washington sites in Boston. I was disappointed to find out tours would not begin until May. I called anyway and spoke to an employee of The National Park Service. He offered to give us a tour. We agreed on a Monday at 1:00 p.m. It was an easy commute from Boston and a short walk from the Harvard Square stop. He asked us what brought us here. Was it Washington or Longfellow? This would help him gear the tour to our interests. He was masterful conveying what the house was like when Washington used it for his headquarters and what it was like when the Longfellow family lived there. I went in mostly caring about Washington but came out really appreciating the Longfellow family. So many interesting things about this house and family. I am so glad someone saved it. Thanks for the tour.

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

This house was both the headquarters of George Washington and of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Take advantage of your tax dollars at work and visit this interesting and beautiful home, part of the National Park Service.

We went on a Sunday when parking would be less of a challenge. It's an easy walk from Harvard Square T and buses, but parking is tough.

The small garden is nice to walk through. Our ranger/guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. I would not recommend the house for small children.

Please check hours as the house is open only seasonally. It is by guided tour only (free).

1  Thank Annabella G
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