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Longfellow National Historic Site
Near Boston, in Cambridge
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow raised a family and wrote many of his most beloved poems here between 1837 and his death in 1882. The house, built in 1759, also served as George Washington's headquarters early in the American Revolution. Handsomely furnished rooms exhibit an array of American and European decorative arts, paintings, and sculptures, as well as Longfellow's personal library of 12,000 books. The house is an outstanding example of mid-Georgian architecture, surrounded by formal gardens where the Longfellows entertained some of the world's famous writers and artists. The site was authorized in 1972.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring the house and gardens. Facilities: Visitor center, museum, guided and self-guided tours. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Self-guided tours of grounds and neighborhood. Guided tours of house (May-Oct., Wed.-Sun. at 10:30, 11:30, 1, 2, 3, and 4), guided tours of neighborhood (May-Oct.), Longfellow Summer Festival of Music & Poetry (June-Sept.). Tips & Hints: No on-site parking. Busiest in July and Aug.
FEES & HOURS
Entrance fee: $3 adults, free ages 16 and under. House and visitor center open May-Oct., Wed.-Sun. 10-4:30. Museum open by appointment Tues. and Wed. 9-5. Garden and grounds open daily dawn-dusk.
HOW TO GET THERE
In Cambridge, 3 mi from Boston via MBTA Red Line (Alewife) train outbound; exit at Harvard Sq., follow signs for Church St., continue to Brattle St., turn right, and walk 7-10 minutes. Closest airport: Boston (7 mi).
Longfellow National Historic Site (105 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, tel. 617/876-4491, fax 617/497-8718). Cambridge Chamber of Commerce (859 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, tel. 617/876-4100).
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