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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-1822
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Ranked #11 of 51 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.

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Seattle, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The staff are pleasant and dedicated, but this is honestly not a very interesting historical site and at $15, it is very overpriced.

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Montauk, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I recently visited the Wadsworth-Longfellow Home with a friend and got a lot out of it. While we waited for our tour we walked through the museum exhibit which had some neat artifacts and a lot of background information on the family and the city of Portland. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable although at times a little long-winded but... 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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137 reviews 137 reviews
13 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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