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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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Ranked #10 of 64 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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Coconut Creek, Florida
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239 reviews 239 reviews
206 attraction reviews
449 helpful votes 449 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Yesterday,I visited this fine house museum in the heart of Portland.I went on an excellent tour of Longfellow's childhood home given by their tour guide,Joyce.I learned about the life of this eminent poet in a very thorough manner.At this home,I saw the Longfellow family furnishings,including Henry's flute,travel desk,and books.Even at a young age,he was a splendid linguist.I also saw Charles... More

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Easton, Maryland
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Plan an hour and a half to view museum, house and gardens. Fascinating story told by knowledgeable tour guides.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions about the area, the tour, etc. Very interesting and educational. Would recommend this tourist attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is one of the oldest remaining houses in the city. It's now run by the Maine Historical Society, located next door. I took the tour as part of the group I was with. It will really be of most interest to Longfellow fans (I'm not one) or maybe historic house buffs (I am only slightly). If you are neither... More

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Dunbarton, NH
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38 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Very pretty with some beautiful gardens. Wedged between a couple of modern buildings you could easily walk right past it. I guess it's a nice tribute but seems almost an after thought. Though maybe HWL is only an attraction for us literature majors.

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Scarborough, Maine
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The MHS has done an awesome job maintaining this building and it's furniture. It's a really neat and interesting tour, and I would recommend those who have some extra time on their trip between May and October go visit.

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Mt. Pleasant
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This is not true in Portland, Maine as a star can be seen shining daily at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. His name is John, and he gave my family a tour befitting celebrities. You too can be part of this experience through one of America's treasures in history, literature,... More

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I majored in history, my wife majored in history, my dad majored in history. The Longfellow House is a must-see. Henry is one of the 19th century's and America's great poets. Visit the room where he wrote The Rainy Day. Just a beautiful presented house. And at Christmas, it is breath-taking.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Tucked in between modern buildings on a busy main street is this wonderful hidden gem of a museum. Came upon it by chance and it was a great surprise. The tour was informative and enlightening. The boyhood home, there were lots of interesting stories and events shared by our guide on the early years of Longfellow. When going through the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Enjoyable and informative tour. The woman providing the tour, Mary, was extremely knowledgeable on the house and the entire Longfellow family. My wife and I learned a lot of interesting facts about the Poet, his family, the house, and greater Portland area. It was well worth the price of admission. The house itself and the furniture were beautiful. It was... More

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