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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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Ranked #12 of 65 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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Alma, Kansas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My mom thought it was the best house tour she has ever experienced. She thought it was better even that Mount Vernon. I thought they did a really nice job, liked the tour, it gave a great perspective to that time period in Portland. The only suggestion I have is that they look at the exhibits in the museum part... More

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Rockville, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Longfellow House was something I really wanted to do while we were in Portland. Sure, the house was great to see, but the tour seemed to be more about Longfellow's sister than about him and his life. Our tour guide was a bit rough around the edges, so perhaps with a different docent the experience would have been... More

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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247 reviews 247 reviews
212 attraction reviews
457 helpful votes 457 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Yesterday,I visited this fine house museum in the heart of Portland.I went on an excellent tour of Longfellow's childhood home given by their tour guide,Joyce.I learned about the life of this eminent poet in a very thorough manner.At this home,I saw the Longfellow family furnishings,including Henry's flute,travel desk,and books.Even at a young age,he was a splendid linguist.I also saw Charles... More

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Singer Island, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Plan an hour and a half to view museum, house and gardens. Fascinating story told by knowledgeable tour guides.

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Top Contributor
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18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions about the area, the tour, etc. Very interesting and educational. Would recommend this tourist attraction.

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191 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is one of the oldest remaining houses in the city. It's now run by the Maine Historical Society, located next door. I took the tour as part of the group I was with. It will really be of most interest to Longfellow fans (I'm not one) or maybe historic house buffs (I am only slightly). If you are neither... More

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Dunbarton, NH
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218 reviews 218 reviews
38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Very pretty with some beautiful gardens. Wedged between a couple of modern buildings you could easily walk right past it. I guess it's a nice tribute but seems almost an after thought. Though maybe HWL is only an attraction for us literature majors.

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Scarborough, Maine
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The MHS has done an awesome job maintaining this building and it's furniture. It's a really neat and interesting tour, and I would recommend those who have some extra time on their trip between May and October go visit.

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Mt. Pleasant
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This is not true in Portland, Maine as a star can be seen shining daily at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. His name is John, and he gave my family a tour befitting celebrities. You too can be part of this experience through one of America's treasures in history, literature,... More

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Portland, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I majored in history, my wife majored in history, my dad majored in history. The Longfellow House is a must-see. Henry is one of the 19th century's and America's great poets. Visit the room where he wrote The Rainy Day. Just a beautiful presented house. And at Christmas, it is breath-taking.

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