I can't believe I've never visited the house where one of Maine's greatest literary figures, and world-renowned personality grew up.
The Maine Historical Society, which owns and maintains the house, has done a remarkable job preserving the authenticity of a home built in 1785. It is the oldest standing home on the Portland peninsula.
I toured the house as part of the Historical Society's Home for the Holidays event.
Not only is the house an amazing connection to Portland's past, but the abundance of docents, willing to answer questions provide an opportunity to learn about the inhabitants and history of the house.
The house was given to the MHS by Longfellow's sister Anne in 1901. It has been in the able care of the Society for more than 100 years.
If you care about the past, definitely check it out. Also, the Historical Society Museum next door is great, the gift shop is terrific (great selection of local books) and lots to do within walking distance in downtown.
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