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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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Wadsworth Longfellow House is surrounded by commercial properties as civilization has encroached... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
patraveller2007
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Philadelphia, PA
Excellent visit

We are visitors from England and are lucky to live in a country full of ancient houses and literary... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
oldtrout52
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
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"historical society"
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"childhood home"
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"family history"
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"his life"
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"original furnishings"
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"early years"
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"our tour guide"
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"gift shop"
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"step back in time"
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"buy your tickets"
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"maine history"
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"rainy day"
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"congress street"
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"great tour"
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"answer questions"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wadsworth Longfellow House is surrounded by commercial properties as civilization has encroached. Wee preserved/restored. A trip back in time.

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your visit!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are visitors from England and are lucky to live in a country full of ancient houses and literary shrines so we were delighted to be able to visit Longfellows house today. It is very atmospheric - full of original furniture and other items and...More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your visit! We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour through the Longfellow House and that our guides helped bring the House to life!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the house and tour is done very well it is disconcerting when you find it this 1800 house is in the middle of high risers in busy district. Once in the house all goes away .More

Thank Kevin C
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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It's fascinating, isn't it, how the sound of the city goes away once you're in the House or garden? The House was the first wholly brick dwelling in Portland, and as you've commented, it's the only single–family residence to survive downtown Congress Street's change from...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

We went as a group and did it as an open house tour which means there were staff inside to answer questions, but weren't there to escort you room to room. We lucked out and ran into James, a tour guide, who was so passionate...More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your visit, and we're delighted that you ran into James who very much has a passion for the House and the fun details that make it come alive. We're glad you enjoyed our (snarky) "do not touch" cards. We find that those...More

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

While going around in Congress Street we stopped at Wadsworth-Longfellow house. A historic house and museum covering about 1200 sq mtrs and opened in 1786. It is operated by Maine Historical Society. The House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and in 1966...More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

Thank you for visiting, Gaetano!

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Reviewed December 10, 2017

If you like literature and history, you'll enjoy this house museum. It's really all about William Wadsworth Longfellow, who spent his early years in these very rooms, and wrote his early work on that very desk. Which is very cool if you think about it....More

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Reviewed November 8, 2017

the staff was very knowledgeable and eager to share. the furnishings are almost all originals. Don't forget the garden in the back, which can be visited w/o admissions. There is a mini museum attached, which belongs the Historical Society.

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed November 5, 2017

Literary buffs will enjoy visiting the Wadsorth-Longfellow House and museum. It's fun to learn about the young life and history of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and imagine him there.

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Reviewed October 31, 2017

I have always loved Wadsworth's poems so this was a must do for me. It was a step back in time for sure. Our guide was very well informed on the history of the house and the poet's family. It was a great tour through...More

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Reviewed October 30, 2017

Incredible to take the guided tour of one of Portland's famous residents. It was a great, short tour and you could picture how life was back in the 1800's. I think that this house was the first brick home in Portland, too.

Thank Kenneth W
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Response from Kevin C | Reviewed this property |
No doubt Victoria Mansion, both very good .
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Response from MaineHistorical | Property representative |
Hello, in addition to being open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is also open for tours on Sunday from 12pm-5pm (June through October).
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