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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-1822
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Ranked #13 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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New York City, New York, Usa
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124 reviews 124 reviews
63 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The tour of the house is for small groups only....so do reserve. The house and thefamily history are most interesting, and will certainly give one a picture of what it was like to live in those days. There is a small historical museum just behind the excellent gift shop which tells about the history of Portland. It is always of... More

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Bedford, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was one of the highlights of the trip I took last month. Beautiful home!! So much culture and history!! Almost everything in the house is original so that makes it better!! I wish you could take pictures though!! This is a must see for anyone who likes historical houses.

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This was really a very interesting place to visit. Terry, our tour guide was just most informative and had so much to tell us about this very interesting house and its one time inhabitants. Very interesting to see almost everything be ORIGINAL and the few things that weren't, were pointed out. Most of these kinds of houses are filled with... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

After enjoying two other tours earlier that day, I was not sure I wanted another one. But the tour guide was excellent, and presented the home's history, and that of its inhabitants, in an engaging, informative manner. Well done.

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New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lots of local history and sights of Portland growing up - not only Wadsworth information. Our tour guide was a really good story teller and she was very passionate about her subject.

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Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Terry, our tour guide made this an extremely interesting and enjoyable tour. You could see she knew her history and was most informative. Try to get on Terry's tour. Would have been nice to see the top floor but no explanation why not. It was easy to imagine Longfellow sitting at his desk contemplating his next work, whilst overlooking the... More

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is hidden in a business/residential area and not easily found. If you are a Longfellow follower, it gives you a good insight into the author and his thinking. Interesting exhibit with good explanation panel thorough out.

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Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My tour guide was rude and impatience. I took my cellphone one because I was putting it on silence at the beggining of the tour and Mary the your guide stop everything and just stare crossing her arms like I was interrupting her and refuse to continue the tour if I won't put my cellphone away. Also another couple was... More

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Augusta, GA
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442 reviews 442 reviews
197 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Our docent, James Horigan, was fantastic. He gave us so much information about the family as well as little asides that were amusing. He clearly enjoys teaching people about the history of the house as well as the genius of Longfellow. He was funny and intelligent and an overall excellent guide. The house was very well preserved. Highly recommend this... 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

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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