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Castle Craigie, Home of the Longfellows, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass.

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Castle Craigie, Home of the Longfellows, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass. / Longfellow National Historic Site

Searching for the great writer starts at Harvard Square. Follow the dark line north on the map. Continue along Mason Street to the Washington Elm marker.
<ul><li>Folklore says that the General took command of the troops here.</li>
<li>Can you locate three buildings, darkly shaded, known to Longfellow?</li>
<li>Continue west along Brattle Street and find the big Georgian house
which had many owners and occupants through time including -
John Vassall Jr. built the house as a summer farm in 1759.</li>
George Washington used the house as his Headquarters in 1775-76.
Elizabeth Craigie agreed to rent rooms to Professor Longfellow in 1837. Longfellow lived here for the rest of his life. The house was a wedding present from his father-in-law in 1843.

How many years did Longfellow live here? His life and experiences were never confined to the inside of his home, but here he treasured his family life with Fanny and their children Charlie, Erny, Alice, Edith, Annie and Trap, the terrier. What activities do you think they enjoyed together?

 

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