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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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An excellent step back in time

We went as a group and did it as an open house tour which means there were staff inside to answer... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
travelerfromCT34
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Hartford, Connecticut
Childhood home of famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

While going around in Congress Street we stopped at Wadsworth-Longfellow house. A historic house... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
Gaetano A
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Malton, United Kingdom
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 7 January 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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Reviewed 11 December 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 8 November 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.

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Reviewed 5 November 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 31 October 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

Thank nank59
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Reviewed 30 October 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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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We Did The Longfellow’s Haunted House Tour Tonight, It Was Awesome. The Tour Doesn’t Have To Do With Halloween As Much As It Has To Do With Longfellow’s Poem Haunted Houses, The Reading of The Poem in The Home Where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew Up...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Our guide gave us an interesting history of the Wadsworth and Longfellow families, as well as information on life in Portland during those times. The house is small, but authentic and very well maintained. Take time to see exhibit on craft guilds' flags, which comes...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

We only were able to see the first floor on a free open house. Docents in each room did excellent job explaining furnishings, paintings, and family history. Not a big house, but the garden out back (which is open free) is quite extensive.

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jcl8989
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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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