The parlor at the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow house

Contributed by Longfellow National Historic Site


This room, the grandest in the house, has been a parlor or drawing room throughout the history of the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House. When Martha Washington joined her husband here in the winter of 1775-1776, it is said that she held sewing circles in the parlor where she and other women mended clothing for soldiers and made bandages for the temporary hospital across the street. Documents suggest that she and the General held a grand Twelfth Night anniversary in this room in January 1776. Later it served as Fanny Longfellow's parlor.

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About This Item

  • Title: The parlor at the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow house
  • Creation Date: circa 1759
  • Town: Cambridge
  • County: Middlesex
  • State: MA
  • Media: Building, color transparency
  • Dimensions: 10 cm x 12.5 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491

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