Happy 286th birthday, GW 🎉🎈🎂 Come celebrate with us! Special Washington themed tours today at 11am, 1, 2 & 3 pm
The official first blooms of spring! These snowdrops popped up yesterday 🌼 spring is on its way!
Our paths are extremely icy this morning, so take care if you visit us! ⛸️❄️
Check out this dainty #artnouveau
mustard pot! Every month, our curator picks an objection from the collection to showcase. For more, go to https://www.nps.gov/long/learn/historyculture/object-of-the-month.htm
In our collection, there are two massive prints of the Grizzly Giant Sequoia in @yosemitenps
. Standing in front of the tree is Galen Clark, a passionate advocate for the study and preservation of the trees. Though Longfellow never saw these trees in person, the prints were sent by the photographer, Carleton Watkins, as a gift, ca. 1866 🌲
We've been hearing a lot about #eagles
recently, so we thought we'd share some from our collection. The carved wooden eagle was the tiller on Tom Appleton's yacht "Alice," and now hangs over the guest bedroom window. One of our favorite patriots is Paul Revere, made famous by Longfellow's poem, here set to music.
This week we hosted staff from @boafnps
, a National Park Service site in Boston that talks about the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. Many of our stories overlap, including that of Anthony Burns, the fugitive slave who escaped to Boston, only to be captured and returned. This event radicalized Bostonians against slavery, including Longfellow: "Yesterday a fugitive slave was arrested in Boston. To-day there is an eclipse of the sun. 'Hung be the heavens in black.'" #blackhistorymonth #bostonhistory
These beautiful drawings of the garden have us dreaming of spring 🌼🌸🌺🏵️
! Here we've got a cross-written letter by Fanny Longfellow to her #bff
Emmeline Austin while visiting her sister Mary in England in 1841.
Can you read how Fanny signs off? On the cross-written portion, she ends: "But I must not forget what I am inflicting on your poor eyes. Good bye – my best darling. All joy be with you!"
We’re happy to be back and thought it was pretty cool to find this waiting for us this morning! #urbanwildlife
Looks like there's some snow coming, New England. Stay warm! ❄️⛄☕
Our museum staff is working on a new exhibit about Longfellow's interests in wine and tobacco. Here, our curator sifts old tobacco leaves and cleans out one of Longfellow's humidors. Stay tuned for more!
Today we welcome a new intern, Natanya, to the archives! She'll be helping to organize one of the many subcollections of family papers stored in the basement. If you're interested in getting involved, check out the link in the bio 🤓📚 #vip #findyourpark #volunteer
To show off the collection to a relative, our curator chose a letter written in 1776 from headquarters and signed by General George Washington! You never know what you'll find in the vault ✒️💌
We might be closed for the winter, but there are still plenty of visitors to the grounds. Can you identify any of the prints? 🐾
"Walled about with drifts of snow,
Hearing the fierce north-wind blow,
Seeing all the landscape white,
And the river cased in ice,
Comes this memory of delight,
Comes this vision unto me
Of a long-lost Paradise
In the land beyond the sea."