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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

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

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Childhood Home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow

Very interesting tour of this restored home and look into how life was back in 1851. The home was built for Henry's grandparents and then Henry's own parents came to live there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Wisconsin
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour of this restored home and look into how life was back in 1851. The home was built for Henry's grandparents and then Henry's own parents came to live there just a few weeks after his birth. The last person to live in the house was Henry's sister Anne Longfellow Pierce who died in 1901. Anne bequeathed the... More 

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American in Bogota
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401 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We were 4 adults 4 kids (ages 6-9) and we all really enjoyed our guided visit here. On arrival we signed up for the next door and spent about 30 minutes waiting in the bookshop for the tour to begin. The tour itself is guided and is just the right length (under an hour) and the children learned a lot... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

The little side and back garden is very charming. It is a perfect little spot to grab a few quiet moments.

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Waterville, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 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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Thank PatMaine50
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Micki J
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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
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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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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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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