Longfellow House – Washington Headquarters National Historic site

The Longfellow House – Washington Headquarters National Historic Site is just a short walk from the famous Harvard Square part of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The house was built in 1759 and was used by George Washington as his headquarters from 1775-1776. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow the American poet and abolitionist lived here for 50 years and his relatives were the last residents of the house before it was given over to a trust and then transferred to the National Park Service.

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The visitor is in the back of the house in a separate building and this is where you can arrange for a tour, get your passport to the National Parks stamped and have your little one participate in the junior ranger program.

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The house tour is nice and you as always get some great history from the rangers but the best part of this site are the beautifully landscaped grounds. I would suggest you stroll down to Harvard Square grab some takeout sit down on the grass and enjoy gardens. As an added treat you can pick up some authentic 1800 era children’s games to play with out on the lawn.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
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