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Tate House Museum

1267 Westbrook St, Portland, ME 04102
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Ranked #27 of 66 Attractions in Portland
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Georgian-style House, built in 1755; also has 18-century herb garden.
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Sparsely furnished home not far from the airport is an excellent example of pre-revolutionary architecture and life. The tour guide provided a strong history of the inhabitants and their daily lives.

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Portland, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While I have lived in the Portland area for many years, I only recently took a tour of the Tate House. I found it overly interesting. The tour guide provided an excellent overview of both the home and the life of the first owner, George Tate, who was the Senior Mast Agent for England. In the period approaching the Revolutionary... More

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Poland Springs, Maine
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We decided to hit a couple of Museums on our travels this year and Tate House was the most interesting one of all. The docents were fantastic, really knew their stuff. The Mast Trade, harvesting our beautiful white pines. George and his family overseeing this for King George of England. The Broad Arrow Policy, it was amazing. It even had... More

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Scarborough, Maine
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80 reviews 80 reviews
35 attraction reviews
1,338 helpful votes 1,338 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I’ve lived in the Portland area for several years and thought I was familiar with all of its attractions. But I was recently surprised to discover the Tate House, the only pre-Revolutionary home (built in 1755) in metro Portland open to the public. The Tate House isn’t located downtown, but rather is in the historic Stroudwater neighborhood, not far from... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Interesting tour with a nice introductory film about the role Maine played in the supplying of masts to the British Royal Navy. The house itself has some unique features. The docents are well informed and answered all our questions.

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too far inland
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We really wanted to see the Tate House after visiting Burnham Tavern because both offer a look at what was being built in the late 1700's. We took the guided tour of the Tate House to learn about the history of the area and of the house itself. It is more basic than modern houses but so advanced for the... More

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Falmouth, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This antique, colonial homestead on the river was occupied by the clerk of the works responsible to supplying masts for Britain's naval fleet. The docent-led tours are filled with interesting tidbits about history, culture, and family life during that time. Timber and water power from the rivers made Maine thrive in its early days. It's a short distance from downtown... More

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West Buxton, Maine
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Loved the tour, the kids not so much but we knew that. The craftmanship is amazing.

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Scarborough, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

The Tate House is situated in historic Stroudwater Village in Portland. It is a Georgian style house built in 1755 and was the home of Captain George Tate the senior mast agent for King George III. Enjoy a tour of the home and learn the story of the mast trade and its relationship to the Revolutionary War. My tour guide... More

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Falmouth, Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Very interesting to see and to hear how the family lived in this Pre-Revolutionary War home.

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