Longfellow National Historic Site

sights / Historic

Longfellow National Historic Site information

Boston , USA
Address
Street 105 Brattle St
Getting there
metro Harvard
bus 71 or 73
More information
www.nps.gov/long
Opening hours
tours 10:30am-4pm Wed-Sun May-Oct, grounds dawn-dusk year-round
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Lonely Planet review

Brattle St’s most famous resident was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose stately manor is now a National Historic Site. The poet lived and wrote here for 45 years, from 1837 to 1882, writing many of his most famous poems including Evangeline and Hiawatha . Accessible by guided tour, the Georgian mansion contains many of Longfellow’s belongings as well as lush period gardens.

Incidentally, one reason Longfellow was so taken with this house was its historical significance. During the Revolutionary War, General Washington appropriated this beauty from its absent Loyalist owner and used it as his headquarters.