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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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Wonderful Historical Home

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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506 reviews 506 reviews
78 attraction reviews
289 helpful votes 289 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Montauk, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I recently visited the Wadsworth-Longfellow Home with a friend and got a lot out of it. While we waited for our tour we walked through the museum exhibit which had some neat artifacts and a lot of background information on the family and the city of Portland. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable although at times a little long-winded but... More 

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Washington, DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This house is unusual because most of the items in it are original to the Wadsworth-Longfellow family, who turn out to have many interesting members besides Henry. The tour doesn't take long, but gives good insight into the doings of an industrious New England merchant family and their artistic (and self-promoting) progeny. The use of space in this long lot,... More 

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Saratoga, California
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Interesting history of Port,and, Longfellow, his family and family home. Many original items in the home.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice, compact tour of a lovely old home, with a fine backyard garden. The attached shop is good for book lovers, too

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Woolwine, Virginia
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16 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

The Wadsworth house is remarkable for the fact 95% is exactly as it was when Henry was around. It a a real glimpse into his life and times. It is well worth the time to make this visit. I highly recommend it.

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