The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a historic house and museum in Portland, Maine, United States. It is located at 489 Congress Street and is operated by the Maine Historical Society. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, and administratively added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The house is open daily to public from May through October (half days on Sundays). An admission fee is charged.Make The Wadsworth-Longfellow House part of your personalized Portland itinerary using our Portland trip app.
The house has both historical and literary importance, as it is both the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and the childhood home of famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).
American Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth built the house in 1785–1786, the first wholly brick dwelling in Portland. Wadsworth raised ten children in the two-story structure with a pitched roof before retiring to the family farm in Hiram, Maine, in 1807. His daughter Zilpah and her husband Stephen Longfellow IV were married in the house.
Their son, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born nearby at the home of an aunt, Stephen's sister, on February 27, 1807. The home was a three-story Federal architecture-style home at the corner of Fore and Hancock Streets. Young Longfellow did not move with his parents to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House until he was eight months old, but spent the next 35 years there. The Longfellows added today's third story in 1815.
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Fantastic tour of this historic home. It was a self guided tour that had audio capabilities but the docents that were in the house offered amazing stories about the history of the home and the...
Fantastic tour of this historic home. It was a self guided tour that had audio capabilities but the docents that were in the house offered amazing stories about the history of the home and the... more »
We visited here on a Saturday around 1:00pm. It was not very busy at all. You have to get the tickets next door at the Maine Historical Society. There was a “mask required” sign, but my husband and I.... more
We visited here on a Saturday around 1:00pm. It was not very busy at all. You have to get the tickets next door at the Maine Historical Society. There was a “mask required” sign, but my husband and I.... more »
The two main Wadsworth-Longfellow houses (this and the house in Boston) are unusual in the sheer volume of original artifacts. What distinguishes this house is the rather professorial mien of the guides. Taken in total, it is easy to gain a deeper appreciation for America's most popular poet during the 19th century.
We really enjoyed our visit. It is a gorgeous place. Kudos to the staff who put their hilarious spin on the "do not touch" signs! I pretty much went on a treasure hunt, looking for one in each room! Our guide was wonderful,too.
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