The Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (also known as the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House and, until December 2010, Longfellow National Historic Site) is a historic site located at 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for almost 50 years, and it had previously served as the headquarters of General George Washington (1775–76).
The house was built in 1759 for John Vassall, who fled the Cambridge area at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War because of his loyalty to the king of England. George Washington occupied it as his headquarters beginning on July 16, 1775, and it served as his base of operations during the Siege of Boston until he moved out on April 4, 1776. Andrew Craigie, Washington's Apothecary General, was the next person to own the home for a significant period of time. He purchased the house in 1791 and instigated its only major addition. Craigie's financial situation at the time of his death in 1819 forced his widow Elizabeth to take in boarders, and one of those borders was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He became its owner in 1843 when his father-in-law Nathan Appleton purchased it as a wedding gift. He lived in the home until his death in 1882.
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Augusto Bravo | Feb 4, 2018
It was a fascinating experience. The tour guide did a phenomenal job explaining the historic importance Longfellow's house played in the early history of our nation. It was an exhilarating experience to be in a place where the great thinkers and founders of our nation gathered to plan the birth of our great country. After visiting this historic wonder, I felt even prouder to be an American!
Cameron Dean | Mar 1, 2018
Everything is original to the Longfellow's. Great 1 hr tour that takes you through the whole house.
Graham Allen | Oct 2, 2017
Very worthwhile attraction... Geo Washington early campaign HQ also Longfellow's house. Tour heavy on the history... skimmed the important artwork on the walls.
Raman Solanki | Sep 15, 2017
Good place. Normally people overlook it. It has rich history. The lawn is well maintained. Looks like any other home in the area. History sets it apart.
Gregg Jarvis | Sep 23, 2017
Awesome piece of American literary History. Easy to find and visit anytime. Great preservation of an early American Georgian mansion.
James Doyle | Apr 15, 2018
This is one of the best-preserved historic houses in the United States, especially considering the original furniture and other contents. It is like stepping back into the late 19th century. George Washington lived here for 8 months while controlling Boston-area military operations in the Revolution. The house is better known for its association with the Longfellow family and it is laid out pretty much as Longfellow left it. The staff are friendly and professional. Each tour guide adds his or her own interests to the tours, so there is always an opportunity to learn something new. This is a must for all lovers of history and literature. Free admission as it is administered by the National Park Service. Parking is always challenging in Harvard Square, but the house is a lovely 10-minute walk from the MBTA red line Harvard subway station.
Rowen Plagen | Apr 14, 2018
Awesome historical site! Knowledgable guide and beautifully maintained home
Kassandra Wadsworth | Jun 24, 2018
Tried to visit with a two year old to learn about our family heritage. My son was being well behaved with an occasional outburst (as most children do). Our tour guide was very nice, but other guests gave us the stink eye the entire time. We politely excused ourselves halfway through the tour. Despite the fact that there were at least 5 rangers on duty (some of which were just sitting around), no one offered to let us just walk through the rest of the house quickly to see more about our family. I highly recommend that this location devote some time to create a family tour (25-30 minutes). My son may have been a little young, but how are our children supposed to learn about history if we exclude families that are trying to give their children these learning experiences? Currently, I do NOT recommend this if you have a child of any age.
Kara Lamb | Jun 23, 2018
Fantastic historical sight. A must see. Everything is set up as it was when Longfellow lived here. The tour guide was fantastic. She really knew her stuff. She told the story of Washington's stay there and Longfellows family and life there. You could ask about any piece in the home and she would have an answer. Cannot say enough great things about this house and my visit there.
Nikki Bender | Jul 14, 2018
Really enjoyed the activities that were set up on the lawn for kids (period costumes, doll making, games/toys, etc.). We took the express tour, since we had young children along. Our guide was very friendly and engaging with them. Gardens were beautiful at our visit (July). I would have loved to stay to draw them with the provided art supplies, but our kids were getting tired.
Shelby Nathanson | Jun 18, 2018
Really cool piece of history to visit. Hour-long tour was so informative for local and national history, and it was free (in case you’re looking for an inexpensive and educational way to kill time around Harvard Square). The garden is also beautiful, with a few types of roses in the summer!
Alicia Daniel | May 24, 2018
Went here when it was closed, so we only got to see the garden. It was lovely, though. Lots of cool history. Local artists like to paint here, which is cool. There is a visitor’s center. The paint is not great, wish the national gov would take better care of it.
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