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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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Thank you, Ann Longfellow Pierce! She gave her family's house to the Maine Historical Society upon her death in 1901. As a result, the overwhelming majority of furnishings are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Thank you, Ann Longfellow Pierce! She gave her family's house to the Maine Historical Society upon her death in 1901. As a result, the overwhelming majority of furnishings are original to the home. What a treasure! Our guide's enthusiasm for the Wadsworth and Longfellow families was contagious. Well worth the one-hour tour!

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We took a tour of this very nice house. The guide was nice and explained in detail about the family history. The house is not air conditioned, so it was quite warm inside, probably because it was very hot outside.

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Strongsville, Ohio
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This house is well preserved and interesting both from a historical and literary viewpoint. As you walked through the house you can get such a feel for life in the early 1800's and see the surroundings that formed one of our most famous poets. This is not to be missed.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Amazingly preserved historical home. I didn't realize the author's sister spent the last several years of her life preserving the home as it had been during the author's life. She didn't even add indoor plumbing/bathroom as it would have compromised the integrity of the home and altered it from what it was during his life. It was incredible to see... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you are a fan, then by all means go to this museum. It is small but interesting. It is an easy walk from downtown. If you are not a fan, become one here. It is worth it.

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Litchfield, Connecticut
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wow, this is an awesome trip through real live history. You can feel the house, history and lives as if it is back in the day. Our guide was superb and I recommend this as part of any holiday to Portland.

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Easthampton MA
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47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

As Portland grew, so grew the legacy of Longfellow. The tour is amazing in that most of the elements in the house are original. We get to see life in the late 1800 and early 1900s. Those who enjoy the creativity of Longfellow will love reliving his life and family and history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The poet lived here and it is an interesting part of the history of the city. It is next to the Maine Historical Society so history lovers can spend a few hours.

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Sequim, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had an excellent guide who shared with us much about this house. It looks much like it did at the time Longfellow was alive. Some stairs so accessibility is an issue.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

$12 (student rate) for a 45 min tour of the house & access to the museum The guide was knowledgeable and interesting, but I wouldn't feel the need to do this again. It was very hot inside, so be cautious on the summer visits.

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