Places to Visit: American Genius – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Longfellow’s Childhood Home
485 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
The author’s beloved childhood home, a brick Federal style house, was built by Longfellow’s grandfather, General Peleg Wadsworth, after the Revolutionary War. Phone: 207-774-1822

Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
The Longfellows’ Georgian style home of 45 years was a wedding present in 1843 from his father-in-law, Nathan Appleton.  General George Washington used the house as his headquarters during the Siege of Boston. Phone: 617-876-4491

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
Route 20
Sudbury, MA 01776
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, established in 1716, inspired the poet’s popular poem, Tales of a Wayside Inn which includes Paul’s Revere’s Ride. Phone: 978-443-1776

Old North Church
193 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Longfellow memorialized the historic Old North Church in one of his most famous poems, Paul Revere’s Ride. Open to the public with basic tours, a gift shop, and Friday evening tours, “Paul Revere Tonight: Living History .” Phone: 617-523-6676

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360
“Living Breathing History” comes alive at Plimoth on a seasonal basis. Longfellow chose the pilgrims, Priscilla Mullins and John Alden, to tell about a romantic love triangle in The Courtship of Miles Standish. Phone: 508-746-1622

Pilgrim Hall
75 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
“The possessions and artifacts of the Pilgrims tell the story of brave and determined men and women, and their attempts to build lives and homes for themselves and their children in a new world.” See John Alden’s Bible, cupboard, and sword. Phone: 508-746-1620

St. Martinville Tourist Information Center
215 Evangeline Boulevard
St. Martinville, LA 70582
The attractions in St. Martinville tell the tale of the Frenchspeaking people of the Bayou Teche area and Longfellow’s legend of the ill-fated lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel. The area includes the Acadian Memorial, St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center, Evangeline Monument and more. Phone: 337-394-2233

Grand Pre’ National Historic Site
Box 150
Grand Pre’, NS BOP 1MO
This is the site of the church and cemetery of the 17th–18th century village that burned during the tragic expulsion of the Acadians. Longfellow used the setting in his narrative poem, Evangeline. Nearby is the Evangeline Trail. The Tourism Association offers a free copy of the Southwest Nova Scotia Visitors Guide. Phone: 1-866-260-3882