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“Fascinating Historical Landmark”
Review of Tate House Museum

Tate House Museum
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Architectural Tour of Tate House Museum
Ranked #28 of 122 things to do in Portland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Georgian-style House, built in 1755; also has 18-century herb garden.
Reviewed July 7, 2018

What a gem! The Tate House is one of the oldest original family residences on the East Coast. Dating back to 1755, the house has been masterfully restored with great care taken to accurately capture life as it would have been in the mid-late-1700s when the Tate family lived there. Many interesting period pieces and portraits in each of the rooms enhance the experience.
For me, the highlight was the historical perspective given at the beginning of the tour regarding the ship's mast supply for the British Royal Navy, and the strategic importance of the 'province' of Maine's trees to this supply. Our tour guide, James was full of fascinating information about the history of the era, details about the region and the way of life experienced by the residents during this fascinating time in America's history.
A final bonus was the period gardens in the back of the house. Various herbs are grown and signs show what medicinal properties they were used for at the time.
Definitely worth the stop!

5  Thank Kim J
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

We were looking for a rainy day activity that was history related and this fit the bill. It's a smallish house, but it's pretty well preserved and the docent was knowledgeable and friendly. I believe the tour took us about an hour.

If you're interested in the finer points of construction, architecture, or carpentry, they apparently have specific architecture tours for that which might be worth seeking out.

1  Thank M Z
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chefj0an, Public Relations Manager at Tate House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2018

Thanks for visiting us we love our 18th century home. It's nice to have people come who appreciate architecture as much as we do

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

The Tate House is just a short bus ride away from the city center, and is a must for anyone interested in local history or how people lived during the lead-up to the American Revolution. The tour of the house is in-depth and good for any age - there was at least one child on our tour. I loved that our guide pointed out the small things about he house and living style that might have been missed or overlooked. If you're in Portland, make time to visit the Tate House.

2  Thank Erin M
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chefj0an, Public Relations Manager at Tate House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2018

Thank you for reviewing the Tate House. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Loved to read about and experience the history of the Stroudwater Region and the story of the King's Pines--the huge pine tree trunks which were reserved for masts of the British Royal Navy.

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

After living in Maine for my whole life, this was the first time I had visited the Tate House and hear the history of the family that lived there. I would highly recommend a visit if you are interested in the British occupation of the colonies and to hear about the history behind being a Mast Agent for the British.

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chefj0an, Guest Relations Manager at Tate House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

Thank you for your review. We are always happy when our guests take the time to review us. Glad you made the time to tour our house.

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