Longfellow was the first neighborhood in the village of Harper's Choice. It was founded in 1967. Before Longfellow was turned into a residential neighborhood, the whole area was apart of a Jericho, a farm owned by Robert Harper Goodloe Carroll. Carroll sold the area to James Rouse, who designed the neighborhood. James Rouse also was the one who founded the rest of Columbia. The neighborhood is bordered by Route 108 to the north, Eliots Oak Road to the west, Hesperus Drive to the east, and Harper's Farm Road to the south. All of the street names in Longfellow come directly from the poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Longfellow is named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a great poet of the 19th century. Henry Longfellow was born on February 27th, 1807 in Portland, Maine. His father was a lawyer and his grandfather on his mother's side had been a general in the Revolutionary War. Throughout his life he would write several famous poems. The street name of “Harvest Moon Lane” comes from the poem “Autumn” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem"Autumn" describes the season in detail.
Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven's o'er-hanging eaves

The street name of “Paul Revere's Ride” is the title of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The street name “Phantom Court” comes from the poem “In the Harbour: Moonlight” where the "phantom" is a recurring character in the poem.

As a pale phantom with a lamp
Ascends some ruin's haunted stair

The street name "Mad River Lane" comes from the poem "Mad River, In the White Mountains". This poem is written as a conversation between a traveler and the Mad River. The traveler asks the river many questions such as

Why dost thou wildly rush and roar,
Mad River, O Mad River?

"Even Star Place" is is named after the poem "The Evening Star". The poem describes the evening star and how it is the star of love.

The evening star, the star of love and rest!
And then anon she doth herself divest
Of all her radiant garments, and reclines
Behind the sombre screen of yonder pines,
With slumber and soft dreams of love oppressed.
O my beloved, my sweet Hesperus!
My morning and my evening star of love!
My best and gentlest lady! even thus,
As that fair planet in the sky above,
Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night,
And from thy darkened window fades the light.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Special Features

Longfellow has a neighborhood center run by the Columbia Association. The neighborhood center has a swimming pool, a basketball court, a nursery school, and a playground. Longfellow also has numerous playgrounds and walking paths.

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Map of Columbia
Project by: Malcolm


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