Boston Sites

Gibson House

Gibson House
Gibson House - Entry Hall

Here is a chance to tour a Victorian row house built in 1859, when Boston's Back Bay was just starting out as the city's upscale residential neighborhood. The house is filled with original Gibson family period furnishings: black-walnut woodwork, imported carpets, and 18th-century decorative arts. The kitchen, scullery, and butler's pantry, as well as formal rooms and private family quarters provide a glimpse into the lives of a well-to-do Boston family.

Address: 137 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Official site: www.thegibsonhouse.org

Longfellow National Historic Site

Washington's Headquarters
Longfellow National Site / George Washington's Headquaraters in Cambridge

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived in this 1759 Georgian-style house near Harvard Square from 1837 to 1882 and wrote several of his most famous poems here. Prior to this, the house was George Washington's headquarters from July 1775 to April 1776 when he was planning the siege of Boston. Inside, you can see a museum with 18th and 19th century painting and decorative arts; Longfellow's library; and letters from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, and Abraham Lincoln.

Address: 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

Official site: www.nps.gov/long
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