We had very nice tour. It was a quick stop in between Hiking Trails. Very Informative and beautiful house to look at. More
We had very nice tour. It was a quick stop in between Hiking Trails. Very Informative and beautiful house to look at. MoreShow less
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We had an excellent experience at the Tate House because Stephen, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable of the history, engaged in his work, and a pleasant person. We also lucked out and had a private tour with him (on a Saturday, no less). Were you to find yourself in a small group though, you'd have just as good an experience, provided you're interested in history. It is a fun and fascinating step back in time and another nice piece of New England (slash American) history. It's definitely something you should do in Portland.
I would highly recommend this tour. It's a guided tour and our guide was great. Lots of information and very informative.
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!
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.
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
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.
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