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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

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Address: 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
Phone Number: +1 207-774-1822
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.

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Our tour guide was wonderful. She talked about the Longfellow family as if she knew them. The whole tour she made the house and people come to life. Her imagination was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
Micki J
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Waterville, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Portland attracts tourists all year long and yet this iconic Portland home is closed for the season. We were left reading the outdoor sign and peeking through the fence into the garden. It's not an outdoor attraction so not sure why it isn't open, at least on a reduced schedule. We did go into the adjoining historical society building but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide was wonderful. She talked about the Longfellow family as if she knew them. The whole tour she made the house and people come to life. Her imagination was articulated to make us see the family writing, pondering life and being creative. It helped that we were there on a rainy day so that the words of Longfellow's... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took a late afternoon tour and the docent (Peter) was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Wadsworth-Longfellow family and we felt that we learned a lot. He also sprinkled his talk with a fair amount of jokes and/or humorous stories that made everyone laugh. We enjoyed the tour very much. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank travelingCAgal
Anaheim, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A wonderful experience. A close up look at how the locals lived in the early 1800's until the urban crush rendered this lovely authentic home to an island of charm surrounded by office buildings. The tour is great and the docents know it all. Longfellow was exposed and on view. It was a really great exhibit and well worth the... More 

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Thank Ronald W
Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The poet's childhood was spent here and the quite we had was quite passionate about his writings and poetry. Outdoor garden is small but worth a short look around. The gift shop is tied into the Maine Historical Society with an extensive Maine book collection for sale, along with history of Acadia National Park.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were there during the First Friday Art Walk which meant that we could enter for free. But I'd pay to see this historic house. There were people in each room giving detailed information about the house and it's former residents. Really, really enjoyed this visit.

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Thank auvoir
Zanesville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The home and grounds are very well attended and the house is maintained as it appeared when Henry lived there as a boy and young man.

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Thank Dan K
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

An unexpected and pleasant surprise to learn that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a native of Portland and a visit to this location is well worth of anybody's time.

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Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I expected a typical boring walk around a mansion, but our tour guide was so animated and knowledgeable that this was actually fun,

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United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I just happened to be in the area and a tour of Longfellow's birthplace was to take place in five minutes. I had been to his home in Cambridge, and this discovery was a rare jewel...I am an English teacher and love adventure. Our guide was so enthusiastic and had a passion for his tour. It rubbed on us tour... More 

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