Wadsworth-Longfellow House

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Wadsworth-Longfellow House
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
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denise r
Flat Rock, NC35 contributions
Neat to be among Wadsworth-Longfellow's belongings
Sep 2021
My husband and I enjoyed wandering through where HWL spent his childhood. We downloaded the app to listen to each room which I recommend as it was interesting. However, there was a private tour being given that was being very loud, not exiting rooms but rather standing in them & loudly laughing and chatting about things other than the tour. Very distracting.
Written October 21, 2021
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Rooindie
Farmington, CT915 contributions
could be improved
Oct 2021
Download the audio app and use to do a a self-guided tour.  Even with listening to pretty much everything in the app, it still took only about 20 minutes to go thru the house.  Most of the furnishings are original, but the tour just isn't very interesting or exciting.  Longfellow wrote a lot at this house, but there's no quotes or anything from his writings.  We felt we left with little sense of what life was like here or who Longfellow was as a person.  Contrast this to earlier in the week when we had toured the Robert Frost Farm, which had a dated but wonderful film, and a walk with many of his poems on it; we felt we had a sense of his life at the farm and what he was like as a person- all of that was missing from here.  There wasn't even an educational display, it's literally just poke in some rooms and walk through the garden.  The best part was the funny signs asking you not to touch anything.  45 minutes is rounding up.
Written October 5, 2021
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Jane and Bob F
Media, PA238 contributions
Nice house and gardens
Sep 2021
Worth a stop, the house has period pieces of when he lived there and the gardens are very relaxing (free if you just wnat to do the garden). The Maine Historical Society, runs this and after we did the house and tour, spent time enjoying the exhibits. They had two and both were great.
Written September 18, 2021
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ThomasTCat
St. Louis, MO674 contributions
Well Preserved Historic Home
Aug 2021
Although we were on a self guided tour, there were docents around to answer questions and they were willing to give a little bit of history as we walked through the house. We thought it was interesting to find out that Henry's sister was the last person to live in the house and that she chose not to have running water or modern conveniences because she wanted to keep the house as it was when Henry was living there. Of course she was wealthy enough to have a staff to attend to her needs, but she could have opted to update the house and chose not to. Definitely worthwhile tour to go on while in Portland.
Written September 3, 2021
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CES122
Canton, MS720 contributions
Worth 1 hour.
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a good tour. Self walk with mobile auto information. One tour was cool and one tour guide was uncool. No AC. Garden is free. Small book store. COVID19 protocols. One time visit.
Written August 28, 2021
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Claire M
Charlottesville, VA221 contributions
Longfellow’s Childhood Home
Jul 2021 • Couples
Built in 1785-86 by General Peleg Wadsworth, maternal grandmother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, it was the first all brick home in Portland. It now seems like a modest structure, but in its time, it was a substantial home. It was here that the curious boy, Henry, spent his childhood years. It is amazing to realize that Longfellow made a fortune from his poetry, though he married into money when he married his second wife. His most famous poem is the one about Paul Revere…look it up and you’ll remember the line about the famous ride of Paul Revere. Longfellow went to Harvard, and must have been brilliant….he spoke multiple languages, and, for those with money, did the obligatory European tour after college. The house has retained a large percentage of its original furnishings, so you can easily imagine Longfellow’s childhood. There are family portraits and cross stitch pieces done by his sisters when they were eight or nine. The last family to reside in the house was Longfellow’s sister, Anne, who died there in 1901, and deeded the house to the Maine Historical Society. I had thought that the tour was self-guided, but we had a friendly and helpful docent take us thru the rooms. Reserve tickets in advance, and don’t miss the serene and quiet garden at the back at the house, an oasis in the now urbanized section of Congress Street. Allow about an hour to enjoy the house and the garden.
Written August 1, 2021
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Barry N
Coventry, RI3,235 contributions
a great part of our trip going North in Maine. Not to be missed.
Jul 2021
When I told my son we had visited the home of his hero he was so excited. He my son is a publishe poet and writer retired for a chain of newspapers in the mid west but started out with poetry. I myself have read all of his works but never knew he lived her in Portland. We took a guided tour when it re opened and was really glad we went as I did learn a lot about his childhood and how he grew up and the house is in good shape with a lot of the items he lived with in the house. It is a great place to visit and those who keep it up and going should be proud that they save great history in our own area of the country. His sister was very smart to realize how much her brother brought to this country in culture. And she saved a part of that by giving her home to the area to preserve. How great is that. A great place to visit for the entire family and explain to the kids who this great person was. Buy them a book of his poetry and read it to them.
Written July 26, 2021
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Moosevilleco
Littleton, CO297 contributions
Fantastic Walk Through History!
Jun 2021
My husband and I recently had the opportunity to tour the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. This house is really intact with many of the original furnishings including original wallpaper. It is amazing to see one of the original homes from Portland and this era as well as learning the history of the Longfellow's and their relatives. We had a fabulous tour with James who is so knowledgeable about the house and the family. James is able to quote Longfellow's poetry (a highlight for me was when he quoted Haunted Houses). James was able to bring the history alive as he explained where Longfellow wrote his poetry and some of the inspiration for the poems including family successes and tragedies. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the house, the gardens, and the furnishings. The stairs are amazing to see - especially the servant stairs as I cannot imagine climbing up and down them on a daily basis. Don't miss the museum either - there are some great Longfellow poetry books for purchase! Hopefully you will have James as your tour guide - he is very passionate about this home and it's history and is a lot of fun!
Written July 26, 2021
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1,071 contributions
Longfellow’s boyhood home
Jul 2021 • Couples
As history buffs and my wife also being an American literature teacher, we were glad to hear that the home was now open again to visitors after being closed due to covid. Tours must be reserved in advance and are limited to a certain number of guests at a time. Tours are now usually self guided via an app, but we were able to take a tour led by one of the staff.

Longfellow lived here as a boy, but the house is kept as it was in the mid 1800s when his sister left it to the state of Maine. The most enjoyable part of the tour was learning more about Longfellow as a person and his family’s history.

Our tour took about 45 minutes. The house is not air conditioned, and can get stuffy during the summer. In all you see 7 rooms, each furnished with family owned pieces.

There is a small gift shop and museum which is run by the Maine Historical Society.
Written July 16, 2021
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Marla O
Florence, KY30 contributions
Tribute to her famous brother
Nov 2019
This tour is only possible because Henry's sister wanted a lasting tribute to her famous brother. Everything in it was original and was placed exactly as she instructed. The tour guide we had wrote a book all about the house and it's history, which was available in the gift shop. Be sure to take this tour!
Written November 8, 2019
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