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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-1822
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Ranked #14 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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Perth, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We took in the museum and the house tour with our 13 year old grandson. The museum was so not worth it, go to the Maine museum in Augusta! But the house was interesting though the 1 hr guided tour was too long for what we saw and were told.

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San Diego, California
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28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were there on a rainy day with only four in our group. The docent knew an extraordinary amount of details and anecdotes. The history of the house and family is a wonderful way to approach the history of Portland, which our docent did with an occasional passage read from Longfellow's work. Very enjoyable. The adjacent small museum is very... More

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Speedway, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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13 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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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87 attraction reviews
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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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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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NYC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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