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Address: 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
Phone Number: 207-774-1822
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.

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Maine, Illinois and Connecticut represented

Really interesting way to pass an hour. The home is meticulously maintained. It was wonderful that the stipulations of Longfellow's sister were followed. She made sure of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
LoveMaine2014
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Halfmoon, New York
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Halfmoon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really interesting way to pass an hour. The home is meticulously maintained. It was wonderful that the stipulations of Longfellow's sister were followed. She made sure of the authenticity. The docent was interesting and informative.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This house takes about one hour to tour and is well worth it. Our guide has written a book about Longfellow and is very knowledgeable about him and the house where he grew up. Nicely preserved with lots of original furnishings

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Middleton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Off a cruise ship and looking to stretch your legs? Take a hike to this downtown home and museum to see how profitable poetry can be. A bit pricey at $12 a person, but a beautiful hame with original furnishings.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the home that the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in. What makes it amazing is that virtually all of the furnishings and decor are original to the time when he lived there as his sister who lived in the house until she was 90 (outliving him by more than 20 years) donated it directly to the Maine... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In touring this region noting all the famous authors of the period I was struck by the profound impact they had not only at the time but throughout the year. The written word is so powerful but it good to understand the writer time and perspective on the subject. "Spin" isn't a new thing.

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Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even aside from the Longfellow connection, this is a gem of an 19th century house. It came into the historical society's possession intact, with all its furnishings, directly from a Longfellow family member. The tour was well done.

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Fort Collins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly staff and wonderful house to visit. You can learn so much about the history of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow here and his family and don't forget the museum which has a lot of interesting facts about the city

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you visit Portland and don't go on the visit around the Wadsworth-Longfellow House then I don't really think that you have really experienced the city. Although you have to go on a guided tour this only adds to the quality of the experience. Our guide was highly informative, spoke with a passion about her subject and made the whole... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The day I went, it was hot and they allowed more people than usual on the tour. The guide frequently complained that the group was too large. If the group is more than 8 to 10 people, skip it. If you can go with a smaller group, it is well worth your time. Most of the furniture, and even the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While waiting for the tour you can visit the two exhibit rooms with information about Acadia park and the big fire of 1866. Our guide shared many stories about Longfellow's life and writings.

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