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Reviewed September 1, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SteveL313
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommend this tour. It's a guided tour and our guide was great. Lots of information and very informative.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TheQueen269
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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!

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
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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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