“Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.”
-Paul Revere’s Ride
The lyrical poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow echo through time, recited by youngsters for more than a century.
“I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where”
-The Arrow and the Song
Longfellow National Historic Site is not only the home of this famous poet, it also figured in the history of medicine, literature, and the Revolutionary War.
“By the shore of Gitchee Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water”
-The Song of Hiawatha
Before it became Longfellow’s home, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, was the site from which General George Washington directed his troops during the Siege of Boston in 1775-1776.
Here, Longfellow wrote many of his most treasured poems. He dined with Charles Dickens and Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the bedroom, his second wife, Fanny, received the first anesthetic ever used to ease childbirth.
Thematic tours of the home focus on Longfellow’s poetry, George Washington’s tenure in the house, or the period furnishings and artwork. Save time for a walk in the large flower garden.