Too early for Christmas? We're starting to deck the halls for our annual holiday open house! Come by the evening of Dec. 15th to see how the Longfellows celebrated the holiday, 4 - 8pm. On Sat., Dec. 16th we'll be offering guided tours every half hour from 11 am - 2:30 pm. Both days there'll be crafts and refreshments in the carriage house 🎄🎁🎅
Today we say goodbye to our fearless leader, Beth. As the site manager, she enabled staff to share the history of this place with countless visitors. We'll miss her, but she's off to do more good for the National Park Service 🏆👩💼♥️
Must be that time of year 🦃🍁🍃
The Fall Lecture Series continues with author Melinda Ponder discussing her new book, Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea.
We had a great time exploring Beacon Hill with rangers from @boafnps
in honor of Fanny Appleton Longfellow's 200 birth year. Thanks to everyone who came out for the Fanny200 events all year
Celebrate this Halloween weekend with some poetry! 🎃
Time is ticking on your opportunity to take a guided tour of the house and explore these 'echoing stairs'. Sunday is the last day of our season so unless you have enough patience to wait until May, stop by this week! ⌛️
Hope you had a great Saturday! Stop by and see us tomorrow for our next to last Sunday of the season.
It’s a beautiful day as we kick off our final two weeks of tours for the 2017 season. Hope to see you before we close until next May! #housetour #history #historichome
Annual ranger olympics were in full swing this morning. 💪🏻🏆
Got some free time in the afternoon and find yourself eager to learn more about the history of Cambridge? Good news: we offer ranger led neighborhood walking tours Wednesday through Sunday at 2:30pm! Pictured is Ranger Catie giving her tour through the Old Burial Ground near Harvard Square but topics also include the build-up and events relating to the revolutionary history of the area, Cambridge's participants and contributions to the Union Army during the Civil War, and remembering the legacy of the Poet Longfellow. #findyourpark #nationalparkservice
We think relaxing to some jazz is a great way to spend this gorgeous Saturday. Happy Birthday Fanny, the celebration will continue all afternoon long! 😎🎼
Happy 200th Birthday to the poet's wife, Fanny Longfellow! We've been celebrating her bicentennial all season with some special events and exhibits. Stop by tomorrow starting at 1pm to continue the celebration with a jazz concert performed by one of her descendants! And yes, there will be cake afterwards. 🎂🎉
Wildlife is an essential value of the @nationalparkservice.
While we might not have any bison grazing around Cambridge, this praying mantis was spotted hanging out on our carriage house this morning!
"All things are symbols: the external shows
Of nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;
The song birds leave us at the summer's close..." Welcoming in a picturesque first day of October with an excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem 'The Harvest Moon'🍂📝 #findyourpark #nationalparkservice
What better way to spend a rainy Saturday than exploring a 258 year old historic mansion. Come check us out! It's a pretty good day to open up some poetry as well. 📖
Day two of our ranger field trip took us to the Portland Lighthouse, a place Longfellow visited in his youth.
The Lighthouse .... "The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry, A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.
Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face.
And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare"
Ranger field trip to the Longfellow house in Portland, ME! We reminisced about the poet's childhood ✍️📚 Thanks Maine Historical Society!