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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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Such a great visit

We visited the Wadsworth-Longfellow House on a 3rd grade class trip. It was such a great experience for the kids! I really recommend it with a guided tour. The kids loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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Scarborough, Maine
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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

I am not rating this historical site 2 out of 5 based on its merit. I am glad that I saw this part of America's literary history, and I recommend it if you enjoy Longfellow, American literature, or American history. However, I found the staff here to be unhelpful in a couple of key ways: -We arrived 45 minutes before... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We visited the Wadsworth-Longfellow House on a 3rd grade class trip. It was such a great experience for the kids! I really recommend it with a guided tour. The kids loved seeing the house and hearing about Longfellow and how he grew up there and what Portland was like when he lived there. We also got to do a tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We had a very informative tour of this house. It is amazing to see original furnishings, and our guide was very knowledgeable about how the Wadsworth-Longfellow family lived here. I liked that the rooms were lighted with small lamps that imitated the candlelight that they would have used when Longfellow lived there.

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Scarborough, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Do not miss this beautiful piece of architecture! The tour was very fascinating, and the tour guide was rather knowledgeable. The museum building contains so much history, and the gift shop is great! There are tons of different postcards with pictures of the house. Photography is allowed, but no flashing nor videotaping. My family learned quite a bit abut Henry... More 

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Viera, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very interesting tour. I learned a few things about the Longfellow family and the poet. There are stairs to climb, so if that's a problem for you, keep that in mind. Also there didn't seem to be any AC and that could be a problem on a hot day. If you're a history buff this is a very good place... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I learned a huge amount about this famous poet, who taught at Harvard and who remains relevant to this day, from our knowledgeable docent. Don't miss the gift shop....great books.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We stopped in the late afternoon of Sunday July 5th and were very fortunate that an extremely friendly and knowable tour guide was able to give us an almost private tour of the house. The house is so lovely and it's amazing that there is so much original furniture and household items there! The guide did an excellent job telling... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Really enjoyed the great tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow house and museum and the original furnishings that remain in the house. The tour guide did an excellent job and the museum contains many original items from Longfellow's day.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Our guide used a lot of big words, I think it was just her personality, but she also knew a lot about the house. It was the first brick building in Portland and has remained relatively unchanged so it's a great way to step back in time. If you don't have time for the tour you can still walk through... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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

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