Celebrate National Public Lands Day today by visiting Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS, a perfect blend of nature and history for all the public to enjoy! #yourpubliclands
Our fabulous volunteer Nicole is about to begin her specialty tour on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana ("Harry"), the last family member to live at the Longfellow House. He was a professor of Russian literature (check out his Cossack shirt!), an active pacifist and communist (the FBI kept tabs on him), a gay man (the note was sent to his partner Karl), and an important part of the history of the Longfellow House!
Cardinals love misty mornings. The squirrels not so much, but it doesn't interfere with their busy work of gathering acorns for the winter! #wildlifewednesday,
#bloomupdate The front path to the house may be closed for restoration work of the 260-year-old steps, but you can still access the formal garden via the driveway! The beautiful 'General Washington' rose, a cultivar developed in 1861, is a current highlight, as well as the gladiolus, lilies, calendula (marigolds), Japanese anemone, sedum (stonecrop, much beloved by the bees!), and many more!
Tonight Ranger Jules will share her research on Ernest Longfellow, the poet's youngest son! This special tour will talk about him as a person and artist (check out his sketches from Egypt!). We've still got two spots, so come by and see us at 6:30 pm 👨🎨🎨
We're gearing up for our first specialty tour tonight! It's about the friendship of Fanny Longfellow and Charles Sumner. Check out this letter Sumner wrote when she got engaged to Longfellow: "You have received my dear friend as your lover, let me be forever, your most affectionate friend." May 11th, 1843 #bestie#bestiegoals
Stop by the grounds and you might spot a rare black squirrel hanging out with the other squirrels, especially around the oak trees to the west. This creature is actually an eastern gray squirrel as well, but it has a rare genetic mutation that causes its fur to appear much darker that is typical. If you can get a better picture of our friend, let us know! #wildlifewednesdayhttp://go.nps.gov/wildlong
You will notice a lot of activity at the site over the next couple of months. The house is going to be getting a new coat of paint and our front steps from 1759 will be getting some TLC as well. Unfortunately, this means that the front paths will be temporarily closed and all traffic entering the house and grounds should be through the driveway.
The House remains open for tours Wednesday through Sunday until October 28. Tours begin in the Visitor Center each hour, first at 10:00 am and last at 5:00 pm. You can learn about the historic landscape each day at 11:30 or join a Neighborhood Walking Tour at 2:30.
Please bear with us as we take care of this great treasure!
#bloomupdate The weather has cooled down and the gladiolus is blooming! Come by this weekend to enjoy these elegant flowers, as well as hosta, fairy candles, hydrangea, roses, and more! #nofilter
Happy Founders Day! It's the National Park Service's 102nd birthday 🎂🎉 we're celebrating with games and crafts from 12-4, a concert at 3 and even a movie night at 7:30 pm
It's a beautiful day to come admire the red geraniums here at 105 Brattle Street!
It's not too late for #wildlifewednesday ! Seen any six-legged critters around lately? Recently, one of our park rangers made friends with a female Reddish Brown Stag Beetle we named Gilberta. The male stag beetles have even larger mandibles! Learn more about wildlife at the park at http://go.nps.gov/wildlong
Thanks to everyone who came out for Pop-Up Perceptions! Our Stewards had great conversations with you all. Here's some thoughtful literary analysis from our visitors (pink is before and blue is after reading a Longfellow poem)
Our high school Stewards of the Future want to know what you think about Longfellow!
They'll be out talking about Longfellow's literary timeline until 3 pm today. Share your thoughts! Pink sticky notes are from before and blue from after reading his poetry. 🤔✍️🤓 @stewardsofthefuturenps
The monarchs are out! This beauty was spotted this week among the milkweed in the garden. Our gardeners allow milkweed to grow there in order to provide a vital habitat for the monarch butterfly, whose numbers have fallen dramatically over the last few decades. Come by to see of you can spot one of these spectacular insects! #wildlifewednesdayhttp://go.nps.gov/wildlong
Look at these amazing young musicians! These performers are from the Longy School of Music and have been learning their art this summer. They've come to the house to showcase what they've practiced 🎶🎼
It's a stormy night at the Longfellow House! In 1844, a different thunderstorm kept the residents of the house awake, shortly after the other tenants (the Worcesters) moved out. The young couple Henry and Fanny Longfellow then had the large, empty house to themselves. Henry wrote in his journal, "In the night a thunderstorm. Sleepless, heard the clock strike one! - two! - Fanny could not get the desolate rooms out of her mind. Thinks they must be haunted." (May 4, 1844)