Why We Live Here: Pooh Does Too!

Why We Live Here: Pooh Does Too!

  • Posted on: 9 March 2012
  • By: bevmire

He really does. Walk down Hurlbut Street between Linnean and Martin Streets and you’ll see him.

He lives in a sweet little house that’s the remnant of a silver maple that, according to a neighbor, came down in the April Fool’s Day snowstorm of 1997. Nothing but a stump was left to remind the neighborhood of the tree’s majesty, but rather than uproot it a neighbor started to carve it out, and then a local craftsman turned it into a cozy home for one of our favorite literary characters.

As you can see in the photo above, Pooh sits front and center. There’s a wood shingled roof complete with weathervane, and in the back there's a window looking onto the steet. Inside with Pooh you'll find "Pooh's Book Exchange." You can help yourself, and donations are always welcome.

The most intriguing part of Pooh’s house is the gray leather pouch stapled to the wall that invites you to leave a note. In it is a lovely ongoing diary and guest book, filled with notes left by children who can’t write yet who leave tender little scratches; from people like Ananya who was visiting from Spain; and from Renee who wanted to let Pooh know she’s applying to college in Boston. The nicest notes are from the children like Mandulal, Sam, and Grace who seem to be frequent visitors.

And in case true Pooh fans are wondering, yes there’s a fading “Mr. Sanders” sign at the base of the tree.

Winnie himself has survived all the weather Mother Nature can throw at him. And like the perfect neighbor, he’s always home.


What a great series, Beverly! Thanks so much for your unique peak into what makes Cambridge so special.

I'm going through reading the contributions of each of NeighborMedia's correspondents, and I have to say I really appreciate this piece. I knew Pooh lived in Cambridge; I just wasn't sure where. I can't wait to take a trip back to the Hundred Acre Wood now that I know how to get there. Thanks for this!