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“History in Portland, Maine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wadsworth-Longfellow House

Wadsworth-Longfellow House
489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-1822
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Ranked #11 of 52 Attractions in Portland
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
Portland, Maine
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“History in Portland, Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

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.

Visited December 2013
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Jasper, Tennessee
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“Very informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Hubby and I enjoyed the tour very much. Would definitely go again. Probably not good for young children.

Visited September 2013
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Mystic, Connecticut, United States
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“Great historical home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The tour was an hour long and our guide Debbie was wonderful. She is very knowledgeable about the home and about the family. We learned so much from her! It was very thoughtful that Henry's sister Anne donated the home to the Maine Historical Society so that we can enjoy the home today.The home is open May through October. There is a AAA discount on admission and you also get entrance into the museum. At the time the museum had an exhibit about Maine and the civil war which was interesting. There is a flower garden that is in the back of the home where there are cute iron chairs to sit and enjoy the view. I bet the flowers were beautiful in the summer.They have a gift shop where you can buy Longfellow's poetry among other things. You need to park in a parking garage nearby and walk to the home. There is no photography inside the home but they do have postcards of the interior for sale in the gift shop.

Visited October 2013
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Murray, Kentucky, United States
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“Tour this historical home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Our tour of the House was informative, entertaining and enlightening. Our guide expertly described in detail some of Longfellow's childhood experiences in the 1790's home, complete with original furnishings and decor. The architecture, authentic artifacts, especially Longfellow's writing desks and the period furniture, were so impressive. The serene atmosphere helped us pay rapt attention to the narration in every room and passage through the intimate home. We really enjoyed the details of how it was to grow up during the early to mid-1800s in a coastal setting that, surprisingly, included agriculture as Wadsworth Longfellow home was part of a working farm. We appreciate the dedication of Longfellow's sister, Ann, in preserving the home for future generations to enjoy. A worthwhile, hour-long tour by dedicated staff who truly seemed proud of their role in educating others about one of our nation's greatest poets.

Visited October 2013
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent Historical Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The tour of the Wadsworth Longfellow House was conducted by a qualified and committed guide who was informative in multiple ways. A primary focus is the poet's family history. The house was his home as a child prior to attending college. The dwelling displays life in Portland during 1800's and the furnishings, fixtures and garden is reflective of that era.

The tour duration was perfect at less then one hour and well worth the time.

Visited September 2013
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