National Historic Site
National Historic Site is an outstanding example of a historic site
representing the themes of arts and literature. For almost half
a century (1837-1882) this was the home of one of the world's foremost
poets, scholars and educators, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow
House is also significant in America's colonial history. General
George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the newly-formed Continental
Army, headquartered and planned the Seige of Boston here between
July, 1775 and April, 1776. In 1962, Longfellow House was designated
a National Historic Landmark and became a unit of the National Park
System a decade later.
Wadsworth Longfellow enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime
and continues to influence our cultural and historical perceptions.
He and his immediate and extended family and friends played a central
role in the intellectual and artistic life of nineteenth century
America and are credited with shaping a distinctly American identity
and culture. Longfellow House was a favorite gathering place for
many prominent philosophers and artists including Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julia Ward Howe, and Charles Sumner.