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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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Ranked #13 of 66 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The fully restored 1786 home of Henry Wadwsworth Longfellow  is located at 489 Congress Street in the heart of Portland, Maine.  Close to the... more »
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Speedway, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Nice to see a historic home /museum with the actual furnishings and a guide that knows her business. I really enjoyed my time there.

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Pollock, Louisiana
13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I loved the guided tour of the house, although I didn't have time for the museum. The guide was very informative and very well educated on the Family. There is a tremendous amount of standing still on the tour, although, they do provide stools that you can carry around with you from room to room if standing is a problem.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Check it out, a fully maintained house from 200 years ago. Great tour and education as to how the family lived and used the house, it's history and how Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow lived his life. For $10 you really get to see something quite unique, informative and entertaining. the small museum/display area adjacent to the bookstore is also well done. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was lovely to see this childhood home of one of America's finest writers. The adjacent museum was helpful in orienting his story and history. The home is located easily in Portland town center. It's close to restaurants and coffee houses, so a quick visit is well worth it.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Take guided tour of the home of America's most celebrated poet and relive the family history within the home they occupied from the 18th to the 20th Centuries. Authentic, enlightening and thoroughly entertaining.

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Ridgefield, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This lovely house is right next to the museum on Congress Street in Portland. There is a fence outside and a plaque recognizing the site. the home has been restored to look as it did in the time of Longfellow and the garden behind the house is also worth a walk around.

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13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Wadsworth -Longfellow house was wel preserved. Our guide was such a great guy. He knew lots of historical facts and family trivia. If you go there, ask about why he grew the beard.

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New York City, New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We had a great tour guide! He was funny, witty, and very knowledgeable. He made the whole experience enjoyable and you can tell he's really into the whole Longfellow thing. "This is my world, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do".

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New York City, New York, Usa
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The tour of the house is for small groups only....so do reserve. The house and thefamily history are most interesting, and will certainly give one a picture of what it was like to live in those days. There is a small historical museum just behind the excellent gift shop which tells about the history of Portland. It is always of... More

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Bedford, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of the trip I took last month. Beautiful home!! So much culture and history!! Almost everything in the house is original so that makes it better!! I wish you could take pictures though!! This is a must see for anyone who likes historical houses.

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