Fanny at 200

My 18th birthday! … Ahem!  I might feel vastly sage & important on the occasion, as it makes a damsel partially free, but, in truth, I am rather amazed to find myself so young – in years.

Fanny Appleton to Robert Apthorp, 6 October 1835

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frances Elizabeth Appleton Longfellow!

At Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS, we are celebrating Fanny’s 200th birthday in a variety of ways, beginning in the fall of 2016.

  • Follow along on the blog as we share excerpts from Fanny’s extensive journals documenting her 1835-1837 European tour.  The full list of posts is here.
  • Further posts on the blog and our Facebook page will explore other facets of Fanny’s life, as an amateur artist, poetic partner and muse, avid reader, and doting mother.
  • Join us for a series of programs celebrating the life and writings of Fanny Longfellow.  Find the schedule of events on our park website.

Further Reading

If your curiosity is piqued, check out some of our favorite sources on Fanny Longfellow’s life:

NPS. Finding Aid to the Frances Appleton Longfellow Papers.  Available on our website.

Tharp, Louise Hall. The Appletons of Beacon Hill. 1973.

Wagenknecht, Edward. Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters And Journals Of Fanny Appleton Longfellow 1817-1861. 1956.  At the Internet Archive.