Longfellow Summer Festival
The Longfellow Summer Festival of Music and Poetry in Boston/Cambridge, is a seasonal celebration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's spirit and support of the arts. The festival provides the community and visitors the opportunity to enjoy live music performances, poetry readings, and special events for all ages on the grounds of The Longfellow National Historical Site, which has been recently renamed The Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site. From 1837 until his death in 1882, Longfellow raised his family, wrote much of his influential poetry, and entertained other great writers, artists, politicians, actors, and musicians in the historic home and formal gardens. Before it became Longfellow's home, it served as headquarters and home to General George Washington for almost a year early in the American Revolution, during the Siege of Boston, from July 1775 to April 1776.
Every Sunday from June through August on the expansive side lawn, The Longfellow Summer Festival hosts visiting poets and musicians to share their talented work with visitors who bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the open-air performances. No on-site parking is available except for the handicapped for the festival events, so visitors are encouraged to make use of the area's convenient public transportation. Just seven miles from Boston-Logan Airport, the Longfellow House (105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138) is easily accessible via subway taken to Harvard Square, where there are also several garages and metered parking spaces. The festival site is a mere 10-minute walk from Harvard Square.
Guided and self-guided tours of Longfellow's stunning home, formal gardens, and neighborhood are also available, as well as a museum, visitor center, and bookstore. Built in 1759, the mid-Georgian mansion is beautifully furnished with historical furniture, paintings, sculpture, and Longfellow's 12,000-volume personal library. Donated by the poet's family in 1962 and managed by the National Park Service since 1972 with support of the Friends of the Longfellow House, the park area, gardens, and grounds are free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.