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“An excellent step back in time”

Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Ranked #15 of 163 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
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 about this historic home that he was compelled to walk us through it and give us lots of background of each nook and cranny. He was an amazing story teller and although the house itself is unremarkable, his enthusiasm and obviously just being in such a prestigious home was an incredible experience. They have also come up with a clever way to remind visitors to not sit, touch or otherwise disturb things by including snarky remarks on cards, such as, not lying on a bed because you'll become part of the tour, or the chair may look comfortable, but it isn't. There are lots of interesting facts to be learned and it was a delight to participate in such a famous piece of history. One side note, there are stairs and no elevator, for obvious reasons, so keep that in mind if you have difficulty with stairs. And don't forget to stop by the gift shop which is located around the corner of the house.

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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 added to the National Register of Historic Places. This house was the childhood home of the famous American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882.

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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. But even if you're not a huge Longfellow fan, it's still an authentic house from the era and gives great insight into how people lived. So it's a hit no matter how you look at it.

Thank Shariann L
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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.

Thank Karen M
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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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