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Study at Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

4 authors' historical homes you can visit

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posted June 5, 2019
While groups are very accustomed to visiting national parks that highlight the natural world—your Yellowstones, Acadias and Yosemites—the literary world is also represented in the more than 400 sites managed by the U.S. National Park Service. The following four historical homes, where some of America’s most famous authors lived and worked, are popular stops for literary buffs:

Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Cambridge, Massachusetts  |

One of the most influential American poets of the 19th century, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made Cambridge his home for more than 45 years. In addition to seeing the personal effects of the renowned writer, groups also can learn about the period from July 1775 to April 1776, when Gen. George Washington and his soldiers used the house as their headquarters during the Siege of Boston.

Eugene O’Neill Home National Historic Site

Danville, California  |

Within the walls of his two-story house in northern California, O’Neill wrote some of his most famous plays, including “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “The Iceman Cometh.” Shuttles take visitors from downtown Danville to the site, where docent-led tours showcasing the house museum and grounds are conducted four days a week (reservations are required).

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Flat Rock, North Carolina  |

This 20th-century Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s stories depict the lives of regular Americans. A number of ranger-led programs at the home where he lived from 1945 until his death in 1967 are available, and the attraction hosts many special exhibitions and events, such as the Sandberg Folk Music Festival (May) and Sandberg Summer Stage (July and August).

Edgar Allan Poe Home National Historic Site

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  |

The man who captivated generations of readers with tales such as “The Raven,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” lived in this house on the north side of Philadelphia. During his time in the City of Brotherly Love, the author crafted 31 stories, and guests can learn more as part of docent-led or self-guided tours of the home, which includes Poe’s reading room.

Top photo: Study at Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Photo by NPS Photo/Kate Hanson Plass


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