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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

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Address: 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-774-1822
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Description: Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.

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Easy to visit historical attraction

What is most fascinating about this house is that everything was kept together by the surviving family member who created the museum. You can get a very good sense of what the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

What is most fascinating about this house is that everything was kept together by the surviving family member who created the museum. You can get a very good sense of what the house was like when Henry lived there. The Maine historical society is next door and has a good exhibit on the history of Portland, providing context for the... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed! Very much enjoyed our tour -- the home is remarkably intact with items original to the family.

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Clifton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The house where Henry was raised. It has a museum attached. The guide was very informative. A must if staying in Portland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Have to admit I knew very little about the poet but came away with an appreciation for him, his family and their impact on Portland. Seeing an historic home that was never updated to modern standards, no indoor plumbing or electric lights was a real experience. It was clear that this house saw much love from this historic family.

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Nothing to dislike. Charming house and garden wath the Maine Historical Society on the grounds in the rear. Affords a wonderful view into what life was like in Longfellow's time. Two things to think about when there. One is that in Longfellow's time, the harbor was just across the street. The other is that there is a place on one... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What a great visit we had at the Wadsworth Longfellow Home...it was a warm day, but a bit breezy and we were able to have a light snack on the benches in the garden. The garden is a sight to behold separate from and in addition to the home--it is a colonial revivalist style garden...it is beautiful in all seasons.... More 

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

we did not pay for the tour, however, we enjoyed every moment walking through the garden and the bookstore next door. beautiful and of course a must if you are a lover of literature, architecture, history, or gardens.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I don't really know much about Longfellow -- like what he wrote -- but the tour guide assumed a general familiarity with the man. I guess they get a lot of people who visit specifically because it's Longfellow's house, not people like me who are interested in historic houses/lives generally. So I recommend either acquainting yourself with Longfellow's work before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If a lover of Longfellow's poetry passes by this house, they should be shamed. The home is a gem in all that is Longfellow. The docents fill in the details as they are genuine lovers of "Henry". Enjoy.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The staff are pleasant and dedicated, but this is honestly not a very interesting historical site and at $15, it is very overpriced.

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Address: Address: 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-774-1822
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland

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