This lovely yellow mansion was the longtime home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82). The poet first lived here as a boarder in 1837. When he and Fanny Appleton married, in 1843, her father made the stately 1759 house a wedding present. The furnishings and books inside are original to Longfellow, who lived here until his death, and his descendants. During the siege of Boston in 1775–76, the house served as the headquarters of Gen. George Washington, with whom Longfellow was fascinated. On a tour—the only way to see the house—you’ll learn about the history of the building and its famous occupants. The gardens and grounds are a good refuge after some time in busy Harvard Square.