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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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Ranked #11 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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Washington, DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This house is unusual because most of the items in it are original to the Wadsworth-Longfellow family, who turn out to have many interesting members besides Henry. The tour doesn't take long, but gives good insight into the doings of an industrious New England merchant family and their artistic (and self-promoting) progeny. The use of space in this long lot,... More

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Saratoga, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Interesting history of Port,and, Longfellow, his family and family home. Many original items in the home.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice, compact tour of a lovely old home, with a fine backyard garden. The attached shop is good for book lovers, too

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Woolwine, Virginia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
13 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

The Wadsworth house is remarkable for the fact 95% is exactly as it was when Henry was around. It a a real glimpse into his life and times. It is well worth the time to make this visit. I highly recommend it.

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Portland, Maine
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you are either a history or literary buff then no visit to Portland is complete without a visit to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. The guides are very knowledgeable and easy going. The house has recently been restored. Special events like the Halloween season haunted house and the Christmas decorated house are a must see.

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Layton, Utah
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Rarely is a house so complete and well-preserved. The Longfellow family showed tremendous foresight in keeping things exactly as they were. The docents do an amazing job on this tour. Highly recommended for anyone interested in history (of all kinds).

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The real value of visiting this attraction is less about seeing the house itself and more about listening to the history of the people associated with it, that the Docent provides on your guided tour. Be sure to visit this attraction if you are anywhere in the Portland area.

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Perth, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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